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Downhill Chance

By Donna Morrissey

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

She's been compared to Hardy, Faulkner, Shakespeare and Jung. Find out why Donna Morrissey's tale of secrets and sorrows in Second World War Newfoundland is winning rave reviews...

There is no road to Rocky Head or The Basin, two tiny fishing hamlets hugging the isolated coves of Newfoundland. But remoteness is no barrier to the global reach of World War II which has its tragic impact, even here. Job Gale enlists in the army, leaving his distraught wife and two young daughters behind for a cause neither they nor their neighbours can understand. When Job returns at last, he is broken in body and tortured with a secret shame. Job's burden cascades over the family, afflicting his spirited firstborn Clair. Seeking escape, she becomes a teacher at nearby Rocky Head and falls in love with Luke. Clair and Luke struggle separately with their burdens, helping each other gain courage to confront their demons and disappointments. When they arrive at the summit they finally can see the clear path below. On the downhill journey, the load may not be lessened, but it feels lighter and easier to carry.

Biographical Notes

Donna Morrissey left The Beaches, a small outport on the west coast of Newfoundland where she was born, when she was sixteen. She studied at Memorial University in St. John's and lived in various parts of Canada before settling in Halifax, where she now lives.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780340822852
  • Publication date: 28 Apr 2003
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Sceptre
Morrissey's prose, threaded with echoes of Shakespeare,Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, is a perfect fit for her almost mythical story of fractured families, wars and homecoming — Quill and Quire
A masterful, compelling story, which is magnificently created — The Telegram
Downhill Chance proves Morrissey's talent goes well beyond crafting a good Newfoundland outport tale . . .These are huge themes, as old as the idea of story telling itself — Globe & Mail Toronto
A Newfoundland Thomas Hardy, Morrissey's work is a performance, an almost oral folk epic — The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Morrissey's prose, threaded with echoes of Shakespeare,Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, is a perfect fit for her almost mythical story of fractured families, wars and homecoming — Quill and Quire
Downhill Chance proves Morrissey's talent goes well beyond crafting a good Newfoundland outport tale . . .These are huge themes, as old as the idea of story telling itself — Times-Colonist
A masterful, compelling story, which is magnificently created — The Telegram
'remote communities of White Bay are vividly rendered... solid, reassuring novel' - Glasgow Herald — Glasgow Herald
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