Search Authors:
- By Last Name
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V W Y


Search Books:
- By Title, Description





We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.


We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for our publishing activities.

Breakwater Books


Book Details

This Ramshackle Tabernacle
Author(s): Samuel Martin
Genre(s): Fiction
Publish Date: 2010-05-17
ISBN: 1550813269
EAN: 9781550813265
Softcover: $18.95

This Ramshackle Tabernacle is a collection of short stories set in and around the fictional villages of St. Lola and St. Olga in northeastern Ontario. Whether reflecting on the broken lives of others in the community or mourning the death of a friend who drowned in a freak fishing accident, the characters in this collection face tragedy with grace, humour and perseverance.

These stories deal with both the rundown and ruined aspects of our humanity but also with the redeeming and renewing love that can hold a community together when tragedies threaten to make it crumble.

FINALIST FOR THE 2010 WINTERSET AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE 2011 RELIT AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION

Reviews:
“Sam Martin is an exceptional writer. In all ways this is a highly original work.”
-David Adams Richards, award-winning author of Mercy Among the Children, River of the Broken-Hearted, and The Lost Highway.

"These linked stories set in a remote community in northeastern Ontario are as crisp and bracing as a chilly morning gulp of air. Achingly sympathetic and honest, they depict the lives of characters struggling to come to terms with their flaws and to achieve a saving grace."
-Hugh Cook, author of Cracked Wheat and Other Stories, The Homecoming Man, and Home in Alfalfa.

"These stories look you straight in the eye until you feel naked. They see every scar. They know and understand that life is dangerous, and yet tell you to jump off the cliff, whether or not you can swim. To get your head under, because that’s the point."
-John Terpstra, award-winning author of Two or Three Guitars, The Boys, and Disarmament

“In This Ramshackle Tabernacle, the reverent and the irreverent not only share space—they rhyme. Sam Martin puts God in a full-nelson, brings the miraculous down to earth, and makes you feel the sacred in the shadow of a telephone pole. You will laugh and be lacerated. You will need stitches. A profound, funny, and exquisitely crafted book.”
-Jessica Grant, award-winning author of Come, Thou Tortoise

"This is a unique collection of linked stories. A compelling one. What unites them all is Martin's deep empathy and sincere compassion that punches through all of his stories."
-Chad Pelley, Salty Ink

Click play to watch the book trailer:


« Go Back

Breakwater News

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice.
Great news! We have extended the deadline for submissions! LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pride, Courage ...read more

Janet Merlo Media Release
Media Release No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP St. John’s NL, October 2 ...read more

Call for Essays
Breakwater Books is seeking essays from the community for a collection of LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pri ...read more

Two New Plaques to Celebrate Work and Life of Newfoundland Poet Al Pittman
Breakwater Books is pleased to help spread the word of two new plaques commemorating the life and wo ...read more

The Festival at Ochre Pit Cove
Presenting The Festival at Ochre Pit Cove, A Weekend of Newfoundland Music, Books, and Art. Situated ...read more

Breakwater Books Shortlisted for Three Atlantic Book Awards
Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that That Forgetful Shore by author Trudy Morgan-Cole ...read more


Featured Book

How Loveta Got Her Baby

From Journey Prize-nominee Nicholas Ruddock comes an outstanding new collection of short fiction. How Loveta Got Her Baby is a set of linked stories a...


Featured Author

Chad Pelley
Chad Pelley is an award-winning author, songwriter, and photographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles...



Breakwater Books
1 Stamp's Lane
St. John's, NL A1C 6E6


Privacy Policy
Terms and Conditions
Refund Policy


Phone: (709) 722-6680
Fax: (709) 753-0708
Order Desk: 1-800-563-3333
EMail: info@breakwaterbooks.com