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Hope in the Desperate Hour

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Set in a small town in New Brunswick, this intricate, multi-layered novel revolves around the hapless Shackle family. There is Garth, a promising hockey player whose career has been destroyed; Vicki, his beautiful, self-destructive wife; and Garth’s brother Neil, a successful academic haunted by the life and family he has left behind. Then there is Peter Bathurst, a former ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 13th 1996 by M&S Paperbacks
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Daniel Kukwa
Dear David Adams Richards: WHY do you keep writing these exquisitely crafted, finely honed, spirit-sucking, monumentally depressing novels that I can't put down? Is it your mission to shatter your readers emotionally time and time again? If it is, then your mission is succeeding...
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I kept reading along hoping this book would redeem itself in the end, and in the last chapter it completely derailed!! It was confusing and weird, and so many things were chucked in willy nilly and the pace was out of control compared to the rest of the book. I felt like he'd decided to wrap everything up in this chapter, and just dumped it all in there. I wasn't engaged emotionally with any of the characters, and found this book disappointing in comparison to others of his I have read. Oh well ...more
I found this to be a very interesting novel. Due to the subject matter, it can be a little depressing, but I found that I kept thinking about the characters and their circumstances long after I finished reading the book. It was a good vehicle to let you think about your own life circumstances and the choices you make based on how you feel about yourself.
The book that got me interested in Richards' style and why I signed him up as my mentor in the Humber School for Writers correspondance program. He creates a world, sad, mournful - and yet in a few words, can describe volumes. A style reminiscent of Graham Greene.
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David Adams Richards (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards left St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, one course shy of completing a B.A. Richards has been a writer-in-residence at various universities and colleges across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick.

Richards has received numerou
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