The character-driven, Austen-esque By the Rivers of Brooklyn is a deft and impressive work of fiction in which the prose style is spare – controlled and assured. It’s also a large and ambitious work about leaving home and cultural dislocation, themes relatable especially to Newfoundlanders and
Labradorians. It’s also about guilt and the search for (and being able to accept) grace and redemption …
One might contend that Newfoundlanders have rarely been as capably or a truthfully represented on the page as they are here.
By the Rivers of Brooklyn is about people coping with change; more specifically, it captures emblematically the experience of Newfoundlanders throughout history who have gone away to find work and prosperity. But doing so always implies success or failure at making peace with the idea of “home” – returning to it, or making a new one. It’s a purely mental process either way, and Morgan-Cole captures it with breathtaking acuity.”
– Darrell Squires, The Western Star
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