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Saints of Big Harbour by Lynn Coady
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Part of my backlog for the Canada-Alaska 2018 reading goal, I always meant to read Lynn Coady because she wins so many Canadian literature awards but seems fairly unknown in the states. This novel feels like a combination of quality small working class town capture (John Irving, Richard Russo) and character study (Gabe Habash came to mind.) Set in imaginary Big Harbour, Nova Scotia, the chapters rotate between characters, and the reader gets to know a handful very well. Part of my interest here is that there is a distinction between a "French" character and the rest of the kids in a school, and he turns out to be Acadian. Themes of masculinity, coming-of-age, alcoholism, and small-towns losing their livelihoods.
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Reading Progress

December 31, 2011 – Shelved as: around-the-world
December 31, 2011 – Shelved
April 15, 2012 – Shelved as: own
April 15, 2012 – Shelved as: location-canada
November 11, 2018 – Started Reading
November 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
November 11, 2018 – Shelved as: canada-alaska-2018
November 13, 2018 –
page 50
November 22, 2018 –
November 22, 2018 – Finished Reading
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: read2018
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: location-canada-nova-scotia

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