Sylvanus Now

Sylvanus Now

A Novel

Book - 2006
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On Canada's Atlantic coast at the edge of the great Newfoundland fishing banks of the 1950s, Sylvanus Now is a handsome and willful fisherman. His youthful desires are simple: he wants a suit to lure a girl--the fine-boned beauty Adelaide--and he knows exactly how much fish he has to catch to pay for it. Adelaide, however, has other dreams. She longs to escape the sea, the fish, and the stultifying community, but her need for refuge from her own troubled family leads her to Sylvanus and life in the neighboring port.Through this story of love, loss, and facing the inevitabilities of life in a floundering community, the sea is a potent presence, modernization ravaging its shores and bringing it to the cusp of cataclysmic change. Ultimately, Sylvanus Now is a story of redemption against all odds "in a world vanished, but brought vividly back to life in Morrissey's caring hands" (Quill and Quire).
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393328691
Call Number: F MORRISSE
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jun 02, 2010

Down Hill chance is still my avourite of Donna Morrisey's books and Kit's Law is wondeful too. Her last book was very differnt and took the story outside of Newfoundland. I was as lost as the characters.

Apr 24, 2010

Moving, poetic, insightful, great local colour on universal themes, a very good read.


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