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Short listed for the first novel award and the Re-lit award.

Dagan Cadden knows that one day he will grow up to be a hard man like is Da. The older her gets, the more he sees himself away from the coalmine and perhaps away from Cape Breton itself. If he follows his dreams of becoming an artist, Dagan will have to break some of the rock-hard traditions of his family, and make his way toward a future that is much less certain.

Funny and poignant, captivating and raw, Big White Knuckles is a novel about what it takes to become the person you want to be while staying loyal to the things that made you what you are.

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