Dodging and Embracing Young Adulthood in Kevin Major’s <em>Hold Fast</em> and Justin Simms’s Film Adaptation: “Run, Run, You Crazy Fool of a Son”
This paper reads Kevin Major’s novel Hold Fast and Justin Simms’s recent film adaptation according to the regional context of their creation and the wider national and global context of their distribution. It explores how shifting understandings of both region and genre underpin and orient interpretations of young adulthood in these texts. While both print and screen texts allow for fantasies of the putative persistence of childishness into young adulthood in pastoral Atlantic Canada, they also encode countervailing critical insights into the complex socio-historical realities of the region. It argues for the importance of understanding protagonist Michael’s youth and agency in relation to these realities.