Bottle and Glass

Bottle and Glass

 

 

Morgan Wade

 

Title: Bottle and Glass

Author: Morgan Wade

ISBN: 978-1-917725-19-1

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Bottle and Glass is a story of survival and escape told from the barstools of two dozen boisterous Kingston taverns at the close of the War of 1812.

The story focuses on two young fishermen from Porthleven, Cornwall pressed into service aboard a Royal Navy frigate. They are forced to leave their native England for Canada and eventually Kingston, where they are stationed as Royal Marines. They spend much of the novel attempting to escape and return home, but by the end, having attained their freedom, they are resolved to stay and make a new life.

Inns and taverns figured prominently in Upper Canada’s frontier life. In 1812, when Kingston had a population of 2250 plus 1500 soldiers, it could boast 78 taverns. Many of these, including “Old King’s Head” and “Mother Cook’s,” are mentioned in the newspapers and correspondence of the time. This novel is structured so that each chapter takes the title of a historic Kingston tavern and each tavern is featured in the chapter in some significant way. The novel’s title is taken from the infamous watering hole, “Violin, Bottle, and Glass.”

Bottle and Glass is edited by award-winning novelist Helen Humphreys. Morgan Wade’s first novel, The Last Stoic, also edited by Helen, made the 2012 ReLit Awards long list. His short stories and poems have been published in Canadian literary journals and anthologies, including, The New Quarterly and The Nashwaak Review. He attended the Humber School of Writing and worked with Michael Helm as his mentor. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Recent Praise
Leanne Lieberman - author of Gravity, The Book of Trees, and Lauren Yanofsky Hates the HolocaustLeanne Lieberman - author of Gravity, The Book of Trees, and Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust
Bottle and Glass is a fascinating story of adventure at sea, life in early Canada and the struggle for humanity. Wade writes a story that is sympathetic, historically compelling and has both local and universal appeal. Bottle and Glass left me both satisfied and edified.

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Becky Akers - author of Halestorm and Abducting ArnoldBecky Akers - author of Halestorm and Abducting Arnold
If, like me, you read historical fiction because we lack time-travel machines, you will devour Morgan Wade’s Bottle and Glass. Here’s a round-trip ticket to the War of 1812 as Canadians, kidnapped—a.k.a. “impressed”—recruits, and their wives and mothers experienced it. You’ll despair with the hero as the Crown’s officers rip him and his cousin from their family, lie sleepless with them in their hammocks aboard ship, feel their desperate hunger and thirst—for this utterly ...

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David Anderson - author of ‘A Cuban Death’ and ‘Whirlwind’David Anderson - author of ‘A Cuban Death’ and ‘Whirlwind’
From Cornwall, England to Kingston, Ontario, Bottle and Glass takes the reader on an exciting, sometimes violent, but always realistic journey. Set in the early nineteenth century, the story involves two young men, suddenly uprooted from their homes and taken thousands of miles away. Much hardship, intrigue, and miscarriage of justice ensue, leavened with courage and romance; fidelity and friendship are tested. The author does a masterful job of engaging the reader, through his ...

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Bruce GeddesBruce Geddes
I remember my first encounters with history. Grade Five it would have been and we called it Social Studies. Miss Kolton taught the class. I recall names, places, facts: Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, the Ghengis Khan; Persia, Venice, Mongolia. To tenderize their meat, the armies of the Great Khan would place slices between horse and saddle.Now, a few decades later, it is a different kind of history that holds my attention. I prefer to ...

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Adam Davidson-Harden - Educator, musician and poet/essayist from Kingston, Ontario, with a taste for complex ales and compelling art.Adam Davidson-Harden - Educator, musician and poet/essayist from Kingston, Ontario, with a taste for complex ales and compelling art.
Bottle and Glass is a tantalizing work of fiction anchored in careful historical research.  In visceral and muscular prose, Morgan Wade paints a sea-salted and gripping portrait of early nineteenth century English empire on Turtle Island.  In his second novel, the master storyteller compels our attention using thoroughly grounded and unromantic brushstrokes that depict early colonial life, with all of its messy and at-times violent implications.  Readers will revel in the evocative and palpable descriptions ...

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Helen Humphreys - award-winning novelist and poet laureate of Kingston, Ontario, author of Afterimage, Coventry, and The Reinvention of LoveHelen Humphreys - award-winning novelist and poet laureate of Kingston, Ontario, author of Afterimage, Coventry, and The Reinvention of Love
Bottle and Glass is a highly original adventure story, set during the war of 1812, and framed using real taverns that once existed within the city of Kingston, Ontario. A fascinating study of escape, and a powerful history of 19th century frontier life; Bottle and Glass is a stunning achievement. 

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Morgan Wade

Morgan Wade

Morgan's short stories and poems have been published in Canadian literary journals and anthologies, including, The New Quarterly and The Nashwaak Review. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.