Winner of the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. A captivating tale, and in Clair Gale, an unforgettable heroine.
by Donna Morrissey
Claire is the unsinkable heart of the novel, a story of two families during wartime, the Osmonds and the Gales, and of sisters joined by love yet torn apart by fear and secrets. Set in pre-Confederation Newfoundland and spanning the World war II years, Downhill Chance blends melodrama, gritty realism, and Morrissey's flair for the comic. At its core is the unravelling of secrets--and the redemption that truth ultimately brings to the people who inhabit these pages so memorably
"So emotionally taut and brilliantly written that you won't have time to breathe until you leaf over the last page." The Hamilton Spectator.
"The sort of gothic fiction made familiar by the Bronte sisters, a Wuthering heights of the craggy coast of Newfoundland." The London Free Press.
"A darn good story, told with wit and affection, by a superb storyteller...Morrissey's voice, innocent, wise, funny and boisterous, and so expertly tuned to the music of the Newfoundland dialect, is simply irresistible." Books in Canada.