Mercy Among the Children: A Novel

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Arcade Publishing, 2001 - Fiction - 371 pages
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At the age of twelve, Sidney Henderson, in a moment of anger, pushes his friend Connie Devlin off the roof of a local church. Looking down on Connie's motionless body, Sidney believes he is dead. Let Connie live and I will never harm another soul, Sidney vows. At that moment, Connie stands up and, laughing, walks away.
In the years that follow, the brilliant, self-educated, ever-gentle Sidney keeps his promise, even in the face of the hatred and persecution of his insular, rural community, which sees his pacifism as an opportunity to exploit and abuse him. Sidney's son Lyle, however, witnessing his family's suffering with growing resentment and anger, comes to reject both God and his father and assumes an increasingly aggressive stance in defense of his family. When a small boy is killed in a tragic accident and Sidney is blamed, Lyle takes matters into his own, violent hands in an effort to protect the only people he loves: his beautiful and fragile mother, Elly; his gifted sister, Autumn; and his innocent, beatific brother, Percy. In the end, no one but Lyle can determine the legacy his family's tragedy will hold.
 

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Periodically there are books which come into our lives we choose to read not because they are guarantors of entertainment, escapism, pleasure, but because we are aware the writer has something to say ... Read full review

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First time reading David Adams Richards. I was aware of his popularity amongst Canadian readers so I thought I would give him a try. This book takes place in rural New Brunswick in the mid to late ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
33
Section 4
36
Section 5
54
Section 6
66
Section 7
123
Section 8
127
Section 17
227
Section 18
230
Section 19
255
Section 20
258
Section 21
262
Section 22
271
Section 23
292
Section 24
309

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
177
Section 13
183
Section 14
187
Section 15
206
Section 16
221
Section 25
325
Section 26
345
Section 27
347
Section 28
348
Section 29
358
Section 30
369
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David Adams Richards lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

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