By Ann-Marie MacDonald
"What a wild experience -- I couldn't flip the pages quickly enough," Oprah Winfrey informed her audience as she introduced Fall in your Knees as her February 2002 ebook membership choice. Set mostly in a Cape Breton coal mining group known as New Waterford, ranging via 4 generations, Ann-Marie MacDonald's darkish, insightful and hilarious first novel makes a speciality of the Piper sisters and their bothered dating with their father, James. Winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize for top First publication, it was once a countrywide bestseller in Canada for 2 years, and it's been translated into 17 languages.
At the beginning of the 20 th century, James Piper units fireplace to his lifeless mother's piano and heads out throughout Cape Breton Island to discover a brand new position to dwell, finally eloping with 13-year-old Materia Mahmoud, the daughter of rich, conventional Lebanese mom and dad. And so, from early on, Ann-Marie MacDonald establishes a few significant issues: racial stress, isolation, ardour and forbidden love, in an effort to steadily bring about incest, loss of life in childbirth, or even homicide. on the centre of this epic tale is the character of family members love, starting with the Piper sister who rely on each other for survival. Their improvement as characters -- attractive Kathleen, the promising diva; saintly Mercedes; Frances, the mischievous undesirable woman, who attempts to undergo the family's burden; and disabled Lily, everyone's favorite -- types the center of the unconventional. after which there's James, their wrong father.
Moving from Cape Breton Island to the battlefields of global struggle I, to Harlem in New York's Jazz Age and the melancholy, the demanding and mesmerizing plot of Fall in your Knees comprises love, discomfort, demise, pleasure, and triumph. The constitution of the narrative is multi-faceted, richly layered, and shifts backward and forward via time because it methods the tale from varied angles, "giving it a mythic quality that permits darkish, part buried secrets and techniques to be gracefully and chillingly revealed" (The manhattan instances e-book Review). because the info of the labyrinthine plot are pulled jointly, the query of if it is attainable to flee one's relations background progressively increases itself.
The book's epigraph, taken from Wuthering Heights, turns out acceptable to a singular curious about different, frequently violent, varieties that love can take. at the inexorable trip in the direction of tragedy we come upon darkish but shiny photos of overlook and violence, but the unconventional radiates an unquenchable life-force, and but the unconventional radiates an unquenchable life-force, shimmering with emotional intensity, sensual with virtuoso descriptions of the ability of track. it's a saga haunted through ghosts and saints, spiritual fanaticism and magic. MacDonald provides the main traditional lives terribly dramatic dimensions.
The Sunday Times wrote, "It is the unpredictability of this massive ebook that's its maximum joy." With allusions starting from Hollywood stars to spiritual tracts, Fall in your Knees simmers with vibrancy and crackling, bubbling, breathtaking language.
From the exchange Paperback edition.