The Fortunate Brother by Diana Morrissey

The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey
The Fortunate Brother (Sylvanus Now #3) 
by Donna Morrissey (Goodreads Author)


EXCERPT: . . . his father had been sick – heart attack from working himself to death fishing for cod that were too scarce to pay the bills and so he doubled his workload with cutting and hauling logs for the sawmills too. Heart just up and called it quits. New boat and new truck parked out by the door like hungry dogs, growling for their bank payments. And Sylvie. Good, good Sylvie stepping up to the fates. Came flying from her high paying job of the oil soaked fields of Alberta like Persephone, Lord of Underground Wealth. Took Chris back with her to the oil fields to help wrestle those snarling dogs and six weeks later Chris was dead.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The Fortunate Brother is a dark, atmospheric and compelling novel about the aftermath of a murder in a claustrophobic rural community in Newfoundland. When a body is found in the lake suspicion falls on the troubled Now family. As the mystery unfolds other, far deeper, secrets are revealed. Compassionate and wise, beautiful and brutal, The Fortunate Brother is the story of a family and a community in turmoil and confirms Donna Morrissey’s place as one of Canada’s foremost storytellers.

MY THOUGHTS: I almost put off reading The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey. I am glad I didn’t. Initially, I struggled with the cadence of the writing. Totally my problem. But then a little ways in, I got it and never looked back. In fact I became consumed by this raw and brutal book, its rough and uncouth characters who have little, if any, beauty in their lives.

Life in this small hamlet in Newfoundland is harsh. As are the people towards one another. And yet they are also loyal. Protective of one another. The author paints a bleakly atmospheric picture of the Nows, their friends and family, their struggles, the landscape in which they live. Alcohol abuse and spousal abuse are just a regular part of the day.

There is a passage towards the end of the book that describes my feelings perfectly – ‘He looked like an old sailor who’d weathered a great storm and was now safely anchored to a pier of his own making. ‘ Substitute ‘felt’ for ‘looked’, and that’s how I felt at the end of the book.

Thank you to Cannongate Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Fortunate Brother by Donna Morrissey for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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