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  • ISBN: 0618189270
  • Physical Description: 429 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

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General Note: "A Mariner original."

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2003 June #1
    /*Starred Review*/ In this superb successor to her acclaimed first novel, Kit's Law (2001), Morrissey returns to the insular world of Newfoundland's remote fishing villages. The story begins during World War II, when Job Gale enlists in the army. That decision has far-reaching ramifications, not only for Job but also for his wife, Sare, and his daughters, Clare and Missy. It is primarily through Clare's eyes that we see life during and after the war, as old secrets and fresh wounds drive the inhabitants of the Basin and Rocky Head, a nearby outport where Clare eventually takes a job as a teacher, marries, and gives birth to a daughter as headstrong as herself. A palpably Faulknerian sense of the past ("The past is never dead; it's not even past") influences every action Clare and those around her take (or fail to take). This is an often heartbreaking, ineffably sad story of constricted lives, bent by bitterness and twisted by dreaming the wrong dreams. At the same time, however, it is an achingly beautiful novel, and Clare is an unforgettable heroine--courageous, passionate, determined to recover the unrecoverable, yet able to recognize her own wrongheadedness. Morrissey is capable of bursts of lush, melodic prose, but she never gets caught up in her own eloquence. She has a comic touch, too, even in the midst of great sadness. And, best of all, her sense of place is overpowering--not just the natural beauty of remote Nefoundland but also the almost suffocating intimacy of outport life. A major novel by a remarkable writer. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Author Notes

Donna Morrissey was born in The Beaches, a small village on the northwest coast of Newfoundland that had neither roads nor electricity until the 1960s a place not unlike Haire’s Hollow, which she depicts in Kit’s Law. When she was sixteen, Morrissey left The Beaches and struck out across Canada, working odd jobs from bartending to cooking in oil rig camps to processing fish in fish plants. She went on to earn a degree in social work at Memorial University in St. Johns. It was not until she was in her late thirties that Morrissey began writing short stories, at the urging of a friend, a Jungian analyst, who insisted she was a writer. Eventually she adapted her first two stories into screenplays, which both went on to win the Atlantic Film Festival Award; one aired recently on CBC. Kit’s Law is Morrissey’s first novel, the winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association First-Time Author of the Year Award and shortlisted for many prizes, including the Atlantic Fiction Award and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Morrissey lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Subject: Girls Fiction
Newfoundland and Labrador Fiction
Grandfathers Death Fiction
Mothers and daughters Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Newfoundland and Labrador Fiction
Genre: Domestic fiction.
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