The Fetch

by Nico Rogers


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Shortlisted for the 2011 Northern “LIT” Award (Northern Libraries recognizing Northern Authors)

A book of voices arising out of the lives of people who populated outport Newfoundland.

Drawing on family recollections, interviews with elders and extensive research in archives and regional museums, The Fetch, Nico Rogers’ first book, is a brilliant hybrid—neither a novel nor a collection of short stories. This compelling volume of tales and prose poems contains a broad range of characters. There is the slow-witted girl who has lost her mother and now has only the cow named Fatty for a friend; the hard-bitten captain of a schooner in recoil from the ways of his alcoholic father; the child born premature, swaddled in olive oil-soaked linen, placed in a pan and incubated in an oven. And so on, twenty-eight vignettes in all, all tightly written and highly evocative of outport Newfoundland before Confederation. Funny, tragic, and just.

… In death, as in birth, we are rushed out of a salt-water belly and dropped into the hands of a stranger … – from “The Guts”

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Lots o’ people see her beating in here under sail, you know, this schooner—the fetch or whatever you call it.

‘Fetches,’ or spirits, are annoyingly familiar at sea. They wander about vessels and try to get the crew to chat with them….

To see someone’s fetch from midnight to noon was a sign that person would soon die, but to see a fetch from noon to midnight was a sign that person still had a long life.

Not hardly, grandpa, with this wind I think we can just about fetch to the nets.

– Dictionary of Newfoundland English


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About the Author

Nico Rogers writes poetry and fiction. He published his first book, The Fetch, in 2010. His latest poems come from being at home with his son and from being a stepfather to a 10-year-old girl. They reach into his personal and family history, while also attempting to flesh out some of the complexities of contemporary, urban…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 1-894078-82-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-894078-82-5
  • Pages: 104
  • Year: 2010
  • Dimensions 6 x 8.75 in
  • Category: ,
  • Cover Art:

    Photograph courtesy of Alan and Mabel Rogers

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