“I live my life a person of African descent 24/7, 365.”
“Voices started to shout, ‘Preach it!’ ‘Testify!’ ‘You’re home now!’”
Laffoley states that one of his aims was to give “voice to those rendered voiceless.” He does that for the 30 residents aged 20 to 88, who died.
“That summer — 1975 — I started to write songs. I wrote four songs a day and I did that for two or three years.”
“Redemption Song” is one of the greatest hymns composed by humanity. And it was born in Nova Scotia.
Alice also fell in love with, and married, a much older man – who was divorced. That was then an extremely unorthodox social situation and it caused her family to disown her.
Miranda’s angst is believable, as are the behaviours and motives of all of the book’s characters. And Hull has the dialogue down pat: her characters talk to each other as real people do, Maritimers in particular.