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A gifted young Canadian writer makes her debut in the United States with a dark and spell-binding tale of erotic and pang-ridden legacy of forbidden love  A handsome priest named August Day arrives in the well-ordered town of Mercy, Manitoba, to take over the church of St. Mary Immaculate. In the first days of his tenure he falls in love with the young bride of the town butcher. Their mutual obsession grows to the point that its aftermath leaves scars on the town decades and generations after their love affair is over.



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Alissa York was born in 1970, in Athabasca, Alberta, to Australian immigrant parents. There, Alissa’s father taught high school English and outdoor education, and her mother taught part-time at the local elementary school and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. Alissa has commented, “My imprint from that time is incredibly strong… I’m drawn to writing about people with their insides showing. There’s a boiling down of human experience in small towns.” In 1977, the family moved to Victoria, British Columbia. A decade later, Alissa graduated from high school and moved to Toronto, then on to Montreal, where she studied English Literature at McGill University.After Alissa met her partner, writer/filmmaker Clive Holden, the couple travelled all over Canada, living i
Published February 22, 2011 by Delphinium Books. 344 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Silent Mercy" (Dutton), by Linda Fairstein: Linda Fairstein has delivered another compelling crime novel set on the all-too-real streets of New York in "Silent Mercy."

Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of MERCY : A NOVEL

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I’ve read the “Watchmen”, and yes, the “Crow” but I’ve never been more impressed with a graphic novel than I was with the prequel to Patricia Briggs’ New York Times best selling Mercy Thompson series.It might have something to do with the fact that I’ve read all of the other books in the series a...

Feb 18 2010 | Read Full Review of MERCY : A NOVEL

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