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ISBN13: 9780743237185
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They are the Pipers of Cape Breton Island — a family steeped in lies and unspoken truths that reach out from the past, forever mindful of the tragic secret that could shatter the family to its foundations.

Chronicling five generations of the eccentric Piper clan, Fall on Your Knees follows four remarkable sisters whose lives are filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Their experiences will take them from their storm-swept homeland, across the battlefields of World War I, to the freedom and independence of Jazz-era New York City.

Fall on Your Knees is an epic saga of one family's trials and triumphs in a world of sin, guilt, and redemption.

Review:

"Beautiful? this big, bold, epic shocker of a novel reads as if John Irving met Joyce Carol Oates. It is history told with a thumping, complex narrative? a host of colourful characters and a great big bow to psychology? Fall On Your Knees is the work of a big talent. It's a wild ride." Chicago Tribune

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"[MacDonald is] a first-rate novelist....[She] paints a Cape Breton landscape steeped in human emotion ...She has found the language of the heart that runs below everyday discourse....There is no resisting this story." The Globe and Mail

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"Ann-Marie MacDonald — one of Canada's most talented actors and playwrights — has provided us with yet another aspect of a talent that has no limits." — Timothy Findley

Review:

"Brilliant...Profoundly and refreshingly different....MacDonald has constructed a plot worthy of Victor Hugo...A standout." Vancouver Sun

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"MacDonald is a master of exciting story-telling, of suspense and surprise." The Montreal Gazette

Synopsis:

A bestseller in Canada, this riveting family saga takes readers from Cape Breton Island to the battlefields of World War I to New York City's jazz scene--and into the lives, and guilty secrets, of four remarkable sisters.

Synopsis:

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 the Author

Ann-Marie MacDonald was born in West Germany and spent the first few years of her life on a Canadian air force station near Baden Baden. Her father was an officer in the RCAF and the family was posted numerous times.

She attended one year at Carleton University, Ottawa, studying languages and Classics. She went to the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal where she trained as an actor, graduating from the program in 1980. She moved to Toronto where she began an acting career. She soon became involved in creating original Canadian work in a number of contexts: collective creation, collaboration and solo writing. The work always combined theatrical innovation, politics and entertainment. She worked as an independent artist, with Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille as her principal theatre “homes.” Her seminal works include the collective creation This is For You, Anna, and the multi-episodic Nancy Drew: Clue in the Fast Lane. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) was MacDonalds first solo-authored work.

She continued to work as an actor in theatres across the country and in many independent films, including Ive Heard the Mermaids Singing, Where the Spirit Lives and Better Than Chocolate. As well, she guest-starred on numerous television series, most recently Made in Canada. MacDonald was last on stage in the spring of 2001 when she starred in a sold-out production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto. Currently, MacDonald is host of the CBC series Life and Times.

Her more recent work for theatre includes the play The Arabs Mouth, the libretto for the chamber opera Nigredo Hotel, the collectively created The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls in which she also performed, and, most recently, the book and lyrics for the musical comedy Anything That Moves.

MacDonalds work as an actor and writer has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Governor Generals Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Dartmouth Award, the Gemini Award, the Chalmers Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Fall on Your Knees was MacDonalds first novel and is available from Vintage Canada. She lives in Toronto with her partner, her daughter and two dogs.

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alseadog, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by alseadog)
Fall On Your Knees is a family saga which will keep you up at night wanting to read more and more. Wonderfully developed characters and a great plot will keep your attention. Try it, you won't be sorry!
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Della, January 6, 2012 (view all comments by Della)
This book won't be everybody's cup of tea--it's a bit morbid. But I love these generational sagas about immigrants coming to the new world(in this case Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), raising families, starting businesses, fighting wars, all the struggles of life. The reader finds out wahat happens in the first few pages, but has to read to see how the characters get there, so it works. This isn't a really recent book but was on my top 10 favorites list of 2011 because I read it in 2011.
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Sabrina Lute, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Sabrina Lute)
This is a love story, but it doesn't hand it to you without taking a bite out of your heart first. It is a tale of woes and pains and beauty and charm. Allow yourself to fall...every page is well worth it. Anne-Marie MacDonald will wow you with this well-spun novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743237185
Author:
MacDonald, Ann-Marie
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family - Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
[no. 70-68]
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 14.035 oz

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Product details 512 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780743237185 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Beautiful? this big, bold, epic shocker of a novel reads as if John Irving met Joyce Carol Oates. It is history told with a thumping, complex narrative? a host of colourful characters and a great big bow to psychology? Fall On Your Knees is the work of a big talent. It's a wild ride."
"Review" by , "[MacDonald is] a first-rate novelist....[She] paints a Cape Breton landscape steeped in human emotion ...She has found the language of the heart that runs below everyday discourse....There is no resisting this story."
"Review" by , "Ann-Marie MacDonald — one of Canada's most talented actors and playwrights — has provided us with yet another aspect of a talent that has no limits." —
"Review" by , "Brilliant...Profoundly and refreshingly different....MacDonald has constructed a plot worthy of Victor Hugo...A standout."
"Review" by , "MacDonald is a master of exciting story-telling, of suspense and surprise."
"Synopsis" by , A bestseller in Canada, this riveting family saga takes readers from Cape Breton Island to the battlefields of World War I to New York City's jazz scene--and into the lives, and guilty secrets, of four remarkable sisters.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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