Mr B's review
Fairlight Moderns are back with an unassuming novella about young love, civil unrest and small town certainty. This lyrical tale imbued with a strong sense of place, plays out in 1970’s Canada against the backdrop of the island community of Bear Lake. The two key protagonists, teenagers and best friends Tom and Cormic, are the kinds of characters who’ll stick with you long after you’ve finished following their efforts to navigate troubled times.
It’s 1970s Canada. The small island community of Bear Lake is awash with rumours of layoffs and wildcat strikes at the mill. But for young Tom, nothing is more important than hanging out with his best friend, Cormic, except perhaps catching a glimpse of Sasha Dovonovitch, the foreman’s daughter.
When a tragic accident occurs at the mill, the whole community unites – but in a small town, pointed fingers and hushed gossip can only stir further trouble…
‘I read it at a sitting, and then again to savour its rich characterisation and powerful story.’ – Allan Massie, novelist and journalist; ‘Prendiville’s writing lifts the curtain on the contradictions of the human soul.’ – Benoit Breville, journalist, Le Monde Diplomatique; ‘The unsettling culmination leaves ripples for years to come.’ – Fiona Vigo Marshall, author of ‘Find Me Falling’
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