A beguiling, big-hearted story of one woman’s resolute struggle to overcome small-town prejudice and deceit.
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Set in a small town on a river in New Brunswick, River of the Brokenhearted, David Adams Richards's first novel since his Giller Prize-winning Mercy Among the Children, is told by Wendell King, son of Miles King and grandson of the feisty, willful Janie McLeary King, who made her fortune running the town's first cinema. Set against this trio is the lower-class family of the Drukens, especially Rebecca Druken and her uncle, Joey Elias, bitter because their own early cinema failed. Established early on, the feud plays out across three generations, spanning successes, failures, murder, and dissolution. Yet despite the somewhat bleak subject matter, tremendous humour and vitality persist in this story. The characters leap off the page, and in the person of Miles King, Richards has imagined a fully human soul of stunning believability. Miles is fatally flawed, committing slow suicide by gin as his cinema too begins to fail in the face of the TV's small screen. A sensitive eccentric, a target of small-town narrowness, he is subtly tortured psychically, for years, by Elias and the vicious Rebecca, who have made the downfall of the Kings their life's ambition. Miles King is a character of great loneliness, pathos, humor, and compassion, one of the finest creations not only of Canadian writing but any literature.
River of the Brokenhearted is the story of a river, the Miramichi, but it is mostly about the river of time that passes through Miles King, his mother, his son, and their enemies, carrying all to their ultimate fates: "She had left a river in New Brunswick that would swallow you with its life, shout in its rapids, laugh in its eddies, create industry in its currents, a river of Irish and Scottish myth, wedded to the soil." An outstanding work of fiction. --Mark FrutkinAbout the Author:
David Adams Richards has won numerous awards for his fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Peggy, and their sons, John Thomas and Anton.
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Book Description Doubleday of Canada, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0385658877
Book Description Doubleday of Canada, Toronto, 2003. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. First Edition, Advance Reading Copy, uncorrected proof. Unread, perfect condition. A magnificent and haunting novel about the entwinement of remembered love and unforgotten hate. By the author of Mercy Among The Children, winner of the Giller Prize, and Nights Below Station Street, winner of The Governor General's Award. Advance Reading Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 003939
Book Description Doubleday of Canada, Toronto, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. First Edition, first printing. Unread, perfect condition. Jacket protected by clear, removable mylar cover. Signed By The Author on the title page. Signature, place, and date. London Dec. 3, 2003. A magnificent and haunting novel about the entwinement of remembered love and unforgotten hate. By the author of Mercy Among The Children, winner of the Giller Prize, and Nights Below Station Street, winner of The Governor General's Award. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 003282