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Downhill Chance

Downhill Chance

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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th April 2003

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9780340822852

Reviews

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 Newfoundland Thomas Hardy, Morrissey's work is a performance, an almost oral folk epic
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
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
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
'remote communities of White Bay are vividly rendered... solid, reassuring novel' - Glasgow Herald
Glasgow Herald