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Fall on Your Knees (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Ann-Marie Macdonald

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Title:Fall on Your Knees
Authors:Ann-Marie Macdonald
Info:Vintage Canada (1997), Edition: 1st Vintage Canada ed, Paperback, 576 pages
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Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (1996)

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Complicated character structure but well worth the concentration - a real page-turner. My husband is now reading this and doesn't hear a thing I say to him. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
★★★★
This is a deeply disturbing book about the damage that families can inflict upon each other.
Set on the desolate and isolated Cape Bretton in Canada the story follows 3 generations of the same family focussing largely on 4 sisters Kathleen, Mercedes, Frances and Lily and how a tragic event in the families past threatens to destroy the future for all of them.
This is beautifully written and compelling.
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"By Fall, they can read. It has happened by osmosis, the way it ought to: after several months on Daddy's lap, following his spoken words with their eyes and pretending to read, there comes a day when they no longer have to pretend. The glass of the mirror has simply melted away and now they are free to enter as many worlds as they like, together or alone."
"But memory plays tricks. Memory is another word for story, and nothing is more unreliable" ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
I really liked this book - not for the story but for the writing. Telling the stories of four sisters, this novel spans generations and gives an intimate picture of one family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Dealing with some difficult themes, there is a feeling of hope pervading and I loved how the writer was able to express herself. ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
Every once in a while you get a book that knocks the wind out of you and for me, that book was FALL ON YOUR KNEES. In many ways it's typical of some of the angst-ridden stories that come out of the Maritime provinces but regardless it still stands out. Some have said that the mystery/twists were predictable and I partially agree - some I saw coming, some I didn't. ( )
  sweetzombieducky | Nov 28, 2015 |
This book is written as though it would be the authors first and last. This story encompasses almost every special interest imaginable including but not limited to sexual identity, ethnicity, nationalism, fidelity, incest, race, religion, physical and mental abuse, the supernatural and labor relations. This is not to say it was a badly written book, it's actually quite good which is what kept me reading, yet, it could have been pared down and more focused on one or two issues which she really wanted to address. As the amount of issues increased much eye rolling ensued. If you're willing to invest a substantial amount of time reading a family history which covers approximately 100 years and a plethora of characters on two continents, go for it.
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"Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?"
"Why cannot you always be a good man, father?"
Wuthering Heights
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Dedicated with love and gratitude to Cheryl Daniels and Maureen White
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They're all dead now.
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The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives - evn destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sister. Theris is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. (0-7432-3718-8)
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A sprawling saga about five generations of a family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is the impressive first fiction from Canadian playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald. This epic tale of family history, family secrets, and music centers on four sisters and their relationships with each other and with their father. Set in the coal-mining communities of Nova Scotia in the early part of this century, the story also shifts to the battlefields of World War I and the jazz scene of New York City in the 1920s.

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Spanning five generations and moving from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, to the bleak landscape of World War I, and to the emerging jazz scene in New York City, this epic tale tells the story of four sisters.

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