maudlin sentimentality , tiresome, predictable, too many coincidences. Reminded me of Dickens's flaws. I did appreciate the earthy vernacular and the verisimilitude to real conversation.Cloyingly emotional, had to forced myself to finish it.
This is my first Donna Morrissey book and I was hooked from the first page. I am a fan!
I love her writing style and character development. I am still reading the book and will be sad when it ends but thankfully there are more to read! I have been reading about Donna Morrissey also. If you would like to listen to her CBC interview on this book copy and paste the following url into your browser: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&clipIds=&mediaIds=855990851818&contentarea=radio&subsection1=radio1&subsection2=entertainment&subsection3=the_next_chapter&contenttype=audio&title=2017/01/16/1.3934559-donna-morrissey-on-the-many-ways-a-family-deals-with-grief&contentid=1.3934559
Kit's Law was great, but this, not so. Not very creative to use the same formula over again.
I loved this book; not quite as much as I loved the initial book in the trilogy, Sylvanus Now, but it came close. The language is so rich that I wanted to book a flight to Newfoundland just to hear more of it. I feel I know the characters so well, and it was such a pleasure to revisit them. Sylvanus is one of my all-favorite characters; I feel quite emotionally invested in his life. In this book, he is lost in his grief for Chris, his first-born son, and has turned to alcohol. All members of his family are suffering Chris' loss in their own way. The story centres on Kyle, the youngest child. His grief is acute and he's trying to find his way. Donna Morrissey is a master storyteller. The ending of this book is absolutely perfect.
I have always been a fan of Morrissey's unique voice and this novel did not disappoint.
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