The Fortunate Brother

The Fortunate Brother

Book - 2016
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Winner of the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, Best Novel

Winner of the 2017 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

A powerful tale of a family reeling from the tragic loss of a son, while facing a mysterious murder on their doorstep--told by one of Canada's most beloved voices

After being uprooted from their fishing outport, the Now family is further devastated by the tragic loss of their eldest son, Chris, who died working on an Alberta oil rig. Kyle Now is still mourning his older brother when the murder of a local bully changes everything. The victim's blood is found on the family's pier, and suspicion falls first on an alienated wife, and then finally on the troubled Now family.
But behind this new turmoil, Chris's death continues to plague the family. Father Sylvanus Now drowns his sorrow in a bottle, while mother Addie is facing breast cancer. And the children fight their own battles as the tension persists between Kyle and his sister, Sylvie, over her role in their brother's death.
A cast of vivid characters surrounds the Now family, some intriguing, others comical--all masterfully crafted. As the murder mystery unfolds, other deeper secrets are revealed. Wise in the ways of the heart, The Fortunate Brother is a moving family drama from beloved storyteller Donna Morrissey.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780670066063
Branch Call Number: M MOR
Characteristics: 260 p. ;,23 cm


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Aug 24, 2017

maudlin sentimentality , tiresome, predictable, too many coincidences. Reminded me of Dickens's flaws. I did appreciate the earthy vernacular and the verisimilitude to real conversation.Cloyingly emotional, had to forced myself to finish it.

Jun 02, 2017

This is my first Donna Morrissey book and I was hooked from the first page. I am a fan!
I love her writing style and character development. I am still reading the book and will be sad when it ends but thankfully there are more to read! I have been reading about Donna Morrissey also. If you would like to listen to her CBC interview on this book copy and paste the following url into your browser:

May 25, 2017

Kit's Law was great, but this, not so. Not very creative to use the same formula over again.

smc01 Dec 19, 2016

I loved this book; not quite as much as I loved the initial book in the trilogy, Sylvanus Now, but it came close. The language is so rich that I wanted to book a flight to Newfoundland just to hear more of it. I feel I know the characters so well, and it was such a pleasure to revisit them. Sylvanus is one of my all-favorite characters; I feel quite emotionally invested in his life. In this book, he is lost in his grief for Chris, his first-born son, and has turned to alcohol. All members of his family are suffering Chris' loss in their own way. The story centres on Kyle, the youngest child. His grief is acute and he's trying to find his way. Donna Morrissey is a master storyteller. The ending of this book is absolutely perfect.

patcumming Dec 02, 2016

I have always been a fan of Morrissey's unique voice and this novel did not disappoint.

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