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To the Edge of the Sea

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*Winner 2011 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Book

Alex was in harmony with the water. He taught himself to swim and liked working the sea but always yearned for something more. His brother Reggie despised it all and yearned to escape. Mercy Coles lived in high society and yearned for new experiences.

All three would get their wish, but coincidence would shape those wishes
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 2011 by Thistledown Press
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Frances Greenslade
Jul 12, 2011 Frances Greenslade rated it it was amazing
Anne McDonald's To the Edge of the Sea reminds me of Virginia Woolf's writing. Reading it is sometimes dizzying as you're drawn into the world of tinkling champagne glasses, fresh strawberries and parties, and Canada's beginnings. A ship sits out in the Charlottetown harbour, John A. MacDonald freshly showered on deck, impatient, probably hung over, waiting for a welcome from the government delegates who are too languid in the Indian summer sun and too tempted instead by the circus that's in ...more
Paula Dembeck
May 26, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it
This is the story of three young people in the summer of 1864, the time of a conference in Charlottetown to discuss the union of the British North American provinces and specifically to urge Prince Edward Island now on the cusp of joining “the Canadas” to complete the deal. It is based on real people and events but it is the fictional story of the three people with vastly different ambitions, trying to accomplish their own dreams while these historic events unfold, that is the core of the book.

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Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it
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This short novel is lyrical and flows between four characters. Set in the summer and fall of 1864, this book begins in PEI and takes us across the Canadas to Niagara Falls. Two young men in PEI, brothers, Alex and Reggie are very different. Reggie, the oldest, is seasick every time he goes out on his father's fishing boat, yet he is the responsible one, the one who asks before he acts. Alex is impulsive and a natural fisherman. When a circus comes to the island, Alex leaves in the night to go to ...more
Annette Bower
Jul 02, 2012 Annette Bower rated it it was amazing
To the Edge of the Sea
Anne McDonald

This is a story about the formation of Canada but told through the changes in people's lives.
McDonald quotes Goldwin Smith letters referring to Canada 1862-1863.
"What child if the future could be revealed to it infancy, would not shrink from the changes and burdens even of the most prosperous and heroic life."
To the Edge of the Sea can be described as a coming of age story for a country and itspeople. However, the author weaves the dichotomy of the consequences
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David Sealy
Mar 23, 2012 David Sealy rated it it was amazing
A blend of poetic technique combined with page-turning, cliffhanging narrative, this novel evokes a seminal period in Canadian history — a time, I might add, that too few Canadians know much about. McDonald’s prose is fluid and meticulous, the equivalent of sunlight shimmering on the sea, as it illuminates her characters’ inner struggles and triumphs. Lyrical, finely crafted descriptions abound, and every page offers the thrill of experiencing this vanished world via the author’s unique ...more
Stacy Renee
Jan 09, 2013 Stacy Renee rated it it was ok
I really don't know what to say about this book. I want to apologize to the author for requesting it in the first place. I just couldn't get into it. I felt like I had to force myself to continue reading. There are sentences that make little sense because of missing words. The writing style might have something to do with why I didn't want to finish this book. Perhaps it was the pacing.

I received this book for free through a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.
Will
Dec 26, 2012 Will rated it did not like it
Oh-oh. Am I the only one who didn't think so much of it? I did not get very far into it, however, so perhaps it picked up later. But I found it awkward and contrived.
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I grew up reading, reading, and reading. Then I studied psychology, creaativity, improv and finally creative writing. All these areas come together for me I find, when I'm writing. I love writing - and reading - books that are related to real historical figures or facts. I love the researching and discovery of unusual connections, and the reading between the lines that is necessary to create ...more
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