Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that the By the Rivers of Brooklyn has been shortlisted for the Best Atlantic Published Book Award which is awarded as part of the Atlantic Book Awards in Dartmouth, NS on April 14.
The Best Atlantic Published Book Award comes with a $5000 prize that goes to a publisher and author whose book possesses the best balance of content, presentation, quality of design and production, as well as contributing the most to an understanding of Atlantic Canada.
By the Rivers of Brooklyn, a historical novel from author Trudy Morgan-Cole, is a critically acclaimed novel that transforms into fiction the experience of the 75,000 first- and second-generation Newfoundlanders who once lived in Brooklyn, New York – and the experience of Newfoundlanders throughout history who have gone away to find work and prosperity but never stopped dreaming of home.
Critics have described the novel as “meaty and delicate” (The Telegram), “an impressive work of fiction” (The Western Star), and Morgan-Cole’s writing style as one “that takes you quickly into the story” (Chronicle Herald).
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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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” This novel includes multiple characters and an ambitious timeline, but it coheres around a core of ‘home.’ Home is a place — St. John’s, newfoundland — and also an idea and an ideal that keep the characters in orbit, to that city, and to each other … This novel is a novel both meaty and delicate; you can dig right into it, and still find yourself savouring turns of plot, turns of phrase … The writing is deft and enjoyable … as well, the detailed descriptions of so many settings, including Coney island in July 1928, or the St. John’s airport in March 1983, continuously and vividly bring the story alive.”
– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
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