The Fortunate Brother

The Fortunate Brother

Book - 2016
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"In The Fortunate Brother, beloved East Coast storyteller Donna Morrissey completes her trilogy of the Now family, Newfoundland fisherfolk first uprooted from the outport and then devastated by the loss of a son working on an Alberta oil rig. This novel focuses on Kyle, who is still mourning his dead older brother, Chris. But soon the murder and drowning of a local bully, Clar Gillard, proves more than distracting as the police cordon off the Now house. The victim's blood was found on the family's pier, and suspicion falls first on Clar's alienated wife, then in the Now family. Behind the turmoil is the quieter but no less intense drama of the aftermath of Chris's death. Father Sylvanus Now drowns his sorrow in a bottle, and mother Addie is facing breast cancer. Tension exists between Kyle and Sylvie Now, unresolved as long as Kyle fails to confront his anger over his sister's role in getting Chris a job on the oil rig. It's not all sorrow and darkness. Morrissey's trademark humour lightens the tone, and there is the Newfoundland patois that takes cursing to new flamboyant levels. A cast of memorable characters surrounds the Now family, some intriguing, some comical, but all finely drawn and fully realized. As the mystery of who killed Clar Gillard unfolds, other deeper secrets are revealed."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Viking,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780670066063
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 24, 2017

maudlin sentimentality , tiresome, predictable, too many coincidences. Reminded me of Dickens's flaws. I did appreciate the earthy vernacular and the verisimilitude to real conversation.Cloyingly emotional, had to forced myself to finish it.

Jun 02, 2017

This is my first Donna Morrissey book and I was hooked from the first page. I am a fan!
I love her writing style and character development. I am still reading the book and will be sad when it ends but thankfully there are more to read! I have been reading about Donna Morrissey also. If you would like to listen to her CBC interview on this book copy and paste the following url into your browser:

May 25, 2017

Kit's Law was great, but this, not so. Not very creative to use the same formula over again.

smc01 Dec 19, 2016

I loved this book; not quite as much as I loved the initial book in the trilogy, Sylvanus Now, but it came close. The language is so rich that I wanted to book a flight to Newfoundland just to hear more of it. I feel I know the characters so well, and it was such a pleasure to revisit them. Sylvanus is one of my all-favorite characters; I feel quite emotionally invested in his life. In this book, he is lost in his grief for Chris, his first-born son, and has turned to alcohol. All members of his family are suffering Chris' loss in their own way. The story centres on Kyle, the youngest child. His grief is acute and he's trying to find his way. Donna Morrissey is a master storyteller. The ending of this book is absolutely perfect.

patcumming Dec 02, 2016

I have always been a fan of Morrissey's unique voice and this novel did not disappoint.

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