The Marvels of Youth

The Marvels of Youth

Tim Bowling
  • $24.00

OCTOBER 3, 2023
320 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-74-9

Set in the short window between the release of the movie Jaws and the first Star Wars movie, The Marvels of Youth is both a paean to the magic of a child’s imagination and a compelling mystery. When Sean learns of the death of the owner of the comic bookstore in the small town along the shores of the Fraser River that he grew up in, he is transported back in his memory to a fateful year, when he stumbled upon an affair that could ignite the tensions of his working-class town. As the mystery unfolds, Bowling paints a rich picture of life in a fishing town, of striking workers and hard choices alongside the moments of awe and unexpected joy that a child faces at the edge of adulthood. Filled with unforgettable characters and beautifully layered storytelling The Marvels of Youth is a sweeping, glimmering tale, as mesmerizing as the river that flows through it.


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So nice to see the brilliant new novel by Tim Bowling on this list at CBC.

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It's lovely to see Tim Bowling's The Marvels of Youth on this great list.

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Tim's novel is included in this great roundup.


Click here to read an excerpt from The Marvels of Youth.

About the Author

Tim Bowling is the author of twenty-two works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He is the recipient of numerous honours, including two Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Awards, five Alberta Literary Awards, a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, two Writers’ Trust of Canada nominations, two Governor General’s Literary Award nominations and a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his entire body of work.

Other Titles by This Author

The Call of the Red-Winged Blackbird (2021)

The Dark Set: New Tenderman Poems (2019)

The Heavy Bear (2017)

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