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Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Feb 08, 12

Read in January, 1997

I read this when it came out and remember really enjoying it, when I thought I wouldn't. It has the qualities of an epic, and the shifting narrative styles really help keep the story interesting and alive.
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message 1: by Christina (new)

Christina Rodriguez WHAT IS IT ABOUT? AND DID YOU ENJOYED SO MUCH WOULD YOU READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN?


message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben Dutton The blurb: Following the curves of the twentieth century, FALL ON YOUR KNEES takes us from haunted Cape Breton island in Nova Scotia through the battlefields of World War I into the emerging jazz scene in New York City, and immerses us in the lives of four unforgettable sisters. The children of a driven and ambitious father, the sisters -Kathleen, the oldest, a beautiful talent intent on a career as an opera diva; Frances, the drunken rogue and child prostitute; Lily, the pseudo-saint cripple; and Mercedes, the fervent Catholic and protector of the flock - are swept along by the tumult of events and of their own desires. This is a story of family relationships, racial strife, miracles, attempted murder, birth and eath, and an extraordinary love affair.

Your other question: I did enjoy it, I still own a copy, but like I said, I read it a long time ago. My review was posted from memory. I will read it again - it is still on my bookshelf somewhere. If you're thinking about reading it, I do recommend it.


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