Anna From Away by D.R. MacDonald

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...Anna’s main flaw, inconsistency, may be unintended. Her old habits give way to new ones, and vice versa, a little too quickly, like a soap opera character whose personality completely changes from one day to the next.
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When Anna Starling flees a dissolving marriage in California to save herself and her artistic career in Cape Breton, her life intersects with that of Red Murdock, a cabinetmaker who has recently lost the great love of his life, Rosaire. Surrounded by old ghosts and echoes of those who once lived in this isolated, now depleted community, Anna and Murdock discover that the present is inextricably linked with the past, and that both can lead to moral dilemmas. How grave is sexual betrayal? Who is behind the bale of marijuana that washes up on Anna's shore, and what should she, an outsider, and Murdock, rooted in this place and attracted to her, do about it? Can Anna and Murdock ever overcome the pain of the past?

Part erotic love story, part quest for home and heart, Anna From Away is a superbly crafted tale of love after love, a novel rich in atmosphere and infused with lyrical descriptions of land and sea. Written with an ear for the cadences of Cape Breton and a profound understanding of the many emotional shadings that exist between the sexes, this novel is another superb work from D.R. MacDonald.

 

About D.R. MacDonald

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D. R. MacDONALD was born in Cape Breton and grew up mostly in the United States. He has received two Pushcart Prizes, an Ingram Merrill Award and an O. Henry Award for his short fiction. His first novel, Cape Breton Road, received much critical acclaim and became a national bestseller. D. R. MacDonald teaches at Stanford University in California and spends his summers in Boularderie, Nova Scotia, writing in a renovated barn on his family property.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Dec 14 2012

Cape Breton as he describes it is a rugged background for romance and a place where nature is one of the wayward characters that must be embraced. Anna from Away is a truly lovely book.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Anne Chudobiak on Sep 07 2012

With Anna From Away, MacDonald reminds us that nostalgia is not particular to Cape Breton.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Anne Chudobiak on Sep 07 2012

...Anna’s main flaw, inconsistency, may be unintended. Her old habits give way to new ones, and vice versa, a little too quickly, like a soap opera character whose personality completely changes from one day to the next.

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