Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.

Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is an epic tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption.

About Ann-Marie MacDonald

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Ann-Marie MacDonald's play, "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" won the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Drama. She also won a Gemini Award for her role in the film "Where the Spirit Lives" and was nominated for a Genie for her role in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing". Her book, "Fall On Your Knees" was published in 1996. MacDonald has performed in theatres across Canada, and continues to act in film, television and theatre. Her screen credits most recently include the role of Frances in "Better Than Chocolate." Her latest theatre production is the new musical comedy, "Anything that Moves,"which won the Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical.
Published January 25, 2011 by Free Press. 578 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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From award-winning Canadian actress and playwright MacDonald comes a full-bodied, ever-rolling debut, the story of a talented Cape Breton family with more than its share of repression and tragedy.

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Not a single line is superfluous in this richly layered tale of the secrets within several generations of a Canadian family. Both feverishly intense and darkly humorous, the drama of the Piper family

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After a long diary entry hashing over Virginia Woolf’s imperfections as a novelist, Sylvia Plath concluded that nonetheless, “her novels [will] make mine possible.” Nothing I could write after thirty would be as easily possible without Fall on Your Knees.

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