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The residents of Harbour Breton, a small fishing village in Newfoundland, claimed that it rained for forty days and nights.
For forty days and nights, a prevailing southwest wind off the Grand Banks brought persistent rain, drizzle, fog, and sometimes torrential downpours. Root crops rotted in the ground, paint peeled off houses and fences, brooks and rivers overflowed their banks, and ponds and lakes swelled to bursting.
In the early morning of August 1, 1973, the earth could take no more. A mudslide, originating one thousand feet up the steep southside hill, cascaded down with explosive force. It crossed the road and smashed into four houses, tore them from their foundations, and swept them toward the sea. Twenty-two souls were hurled from their beds in a fury of destruction. By the grace of God, the majority survived, but four children - ages eight, seven, five, and four, all siblings - perished.
This is the story of one town's confrontation with disaster, and Jack Hickey's night of terror during the landslide that took away his four children.
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Bruce Stagg is the author of three books of fictional short stories, one children's book, one book of plays, and many individual plays. He is known as a storyteller/entertainer and has released a storytelling CD. His one other book of non-fiction, The Blackwood Schooner, is a Canadian Bestseller that was published in 2009 by Flanker Press and was very well received by readers.
Bruce was born and grew up in Catalina, Trinity Bay. He graduated from Memorial University in 1974 and taught in Newfoundland schools for thirty years. He currently resides in Hillview, Trinity Bay, with his wife, Dale, where he dedicates much of his time to writing.
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Book Description Flanker Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1926881834