Fall On Your Knees

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Random House, Dec 15, 2010 - Fiction - 576 pages
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Following the curves of the twentieth century, FALL ON YOUR KNEES takes us from haunted Cape Breton island in Nova Scotia through the battlefields of World War I into the emerging jazz scene in New York City, and immerses us in the lives of four unforgettable sisters. The children of a driven and ambitious father, the sisters -Kathleen, the oldest, a beautiful talent intent on a career as an opera diva; Frances, the drunken rogue and child prostitute; Lily, the pseudo-saint cripple; and Mercedes, the fervent Catholic and protector of the flock - are swept along by the tumult of events and of their own desires. This is a story of family relationships, racial strife, miracles, attempted murder, birth and eath, and an extraordinary love affair.

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User Review  - tinkerbellkk - LibraryThing

I had a difficult time with this book. The story of sisters and their dysfunctional upbringing - based in Cape Breton. The family was completely devastated by a tragic event that took place in their ... Read full review

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

I am giving this 3 stars for the first 300 pages. The first 300 pages were a good read. Between page 300-348, I had it! I no longer cared about the characters, I didn't care what happened, and frankly ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer and actress. Fall on Your Knees won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won Canada's Governor General's Award and has had more than fifty productions world-wide. Other works for the theatre include The Arab's Mouth and the libretto for the internationally acclaimed chamber opera, Nigredo Hotel. She has acted in many plays, television dramas and feature films, including Where the Spirit Lives and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. She lives in Toronto

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