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 to 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.
©1996 Ann-Marie MacDonald (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
The story was a well-woven tapestry of the human psyche. The inner secrets that manifest our destinies presented in ways that make it hard to simply judge another by their actions.
Francis is a character that fills the book with her desperate attempts to eradicate the devastation of a repressed memory. She is real and vibrant and loving and sad.
The tragedy of repression
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a brilliant writer who clearly understands the human psyche. She is a true story-teller keeping the reader bound to her characters, longing for their redemption. She delivers.
A friend recommended this author so I had high hopes. After the first few heartbreaking events I kept thinking something positive has got to happen; this has to get better. But it doesn't. The story gets more interesting once Mercedes and Frances are born and their characters are more fully drawn than most every other character, but it is not enough. Not sure why I slogged through this whole thing, but I did. Kathleen 's diary near the end was the most interesting part. I am relieved to be finished with it.
This book is too long and too depressing. It has all the sick staff in it - pedophilia, incest, betrayal, hate, child abandonment. This story filled me with despair and I am sorry I listened to it for this many hours. Yes, the language and the narration are beautiful and intoxicating, so I got sucked in. It left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. What is the point of all this misery? "Life is a shit sandwich and then you die" - sums it up.
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