Books: J.D. Goossens



To Lain Roads by J.D. Goossens
Publisher: Boularderie Island Press
ISBN: 978-1-926448-06-0
6 x 9 inches / 286 pages
Price: $21.95


Charmingly awkward Nathan Mills has never told the truth about his relationship with Layne Rhodes. Now he’s coming clean for the first time. How he fled the even flow of small town Ontario for fast-paced Vancouver. His endearingly clumsy go at independence — including follies as a boyish salesman in the cutthroat paint industry. Crowned by the funnelling events that led to his rooming with Layne. But through his tales of their circuslike time spent together, Nathan may discover that setting the record straight can be more complicated than you imagine.

An unexpected celebration of the city of Vancouver, To Lain Roads is a comic work of literary fiction that triumphs in smoking out stark humour, and hope, from the oddest of people and places.

J.D. Goossens is a stay-at-home dad for his son Louis in Dartmouth, NS. During the writing of his first novel To Lain Roads, J.D. waitered in restaurants Canada-wide ranging from white linen establishments to dark seedy bistros. Through his experiences he developed an appreciation of food, wine, mega-talented coworkers, and the human comedy. After an early draft of To Lain Roads was long-listed for the SFU Writer’s Studio 1st Book Prize, J.D. decided to see his work to publication.

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New Canadian author. Big things ahead.
-Elaine Lui Host of CTV’s The Social, bestselling author, creator of

Check out J.D. Goossens new book To Lain Roads – hilarious!
-Darrin Rose Actor on CBC’s Mr. D., host of Match Game

J.D. Goossens has published a humorous novel, arguably the most difficult type of novel to write. He uses an unreliable narrator, not an easy feat, and the daring in his writing does not end there. He is determined to avoid clichéd writing, and goes to some lengths to make this happen.

– Terry Carroll
Terry Carroll publishes the St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News and Elgin This Month. He is the author of 3 crime novels and has been twice short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award.