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Dec 08, 2018JohnDunham rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Really great! Fluid read even though there are several windows of time the story occurs in. Another great NL writer!
Aug 24, 2017pennys54 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Wonderfully written
Jul 28, 2016hRuth rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Another good Canada Reads submission. I liked it tho the flow was sometimes disrupted by lack of punctuation style. i.e. quotation marks to let you know immediately WHO was saying what. I felt it was sensitively written and was…
Jun 09, 2015Wong_Anne rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book was a winner in the annual Canada Reads book debate. It is the fictionalized story of a woman from Newfoundland who struggles to raise a family after the death of her husband in the Ocean Ranger disaster. A heart-felt story.
Feb 20, 2015MurielW rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a very interesting book. The way it moves from one time frame to another makes it a bit more of a challenge to read but I found that to be a good thing. I also really liked how a)the family was so realistic - supportive of one…
Sep 17, 2014WVMLStaffPicks rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
When the oil rig 'Ocean Ranger' went down off the coast of Newfoundland in February 1982, it left 84 families in mourning. The woman in this story represents so many of those women who were left behind with young families to raise, very…
Sep 06, 2014
Advocate for e-book purchases at SPL so people who cannot read small print can also enjoy these authors.
Jan 12, 2014Cecilturtle rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Moore tackles a slice of life with poignancy and delicate emotion. I really enjoyed the seamless passages through time which help build the story, the characters and the reasons behind Helen's choices and John's dilemma. It created an…
Nov 26, 2013
This wonderful writer must be read in small doses - one book a year. This book is heavy, depressing at times for sure. I had trouble finishing it. I really enjoy and appreciate Moore's use of language, especially her descriptions of small…
Sep 05, 2013
boring it is terrible and its the worse book ever
Aug 31, 2013
I am trying to read and enjoy this book but I'm finding it exhausting. I realize this is the strength of the book: a trip inside someone else's head, utterly, till the bitter end. Well written, beautiful imagery... but please let me out of…
Jun 24, 2013Travel rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Oh dear. Wish I'd found it uplifting, but depressing is my verdict. Helen's inability to let go, her constant ruminating, wore me down. Not sure how this one won Canada Reads. I was also hoping for more Newfoundland, but this could have…
Jun 03, 2013
for book club?
May 14, 2013ksoles rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Lisa Moore’s second novel uses shifts of time and perspective to delve into the mind of protagonist Helen, a widow coping with the (historically true) sinking of the Ocean Ranger off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1980s. Now in…
Apr 25, 2013mytwin rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Uplifting! Lisa Moore grabbed me and pulled me into her world of grief,loneliness,and existence and held on through her effort to carry on.The intensity of her ever -shifting stream of thoughts was exhausting but well worth the read. The…
Apr 04, 2013celia99 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Very good read, but can someone please tell me what ropes she's talking about? She keeps saying the ropes are iced up and I've scanned the book several times trying to figure out what ropes and why they are important, but apparently I…
Feb 14, 2013CHRIS SHAVER rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
As of today, Valentine's Day, this book is The Winner of the CBC's Canada Reads, beating out Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan. The four-day debate was hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, who will interview the winning author on Friday on CBC's Q…
Feb 13, 2013becker rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
As of today, this book is a finalist in the Canada Reads competition. It is a journey of one woman's personal grief when her husband is killed in the Ocean Ranger disaster. The story runs at a slow pace and the writing is often a bit…
Feb 07, 2013vwruleschick rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Loss of a loved one is always the hardest. A wife loses her husband, she reflects on her life on how she struggled to make it each day, each hour; but also reflects on her life with four kids and how she parented. To know that she lost her…
Dec 16, 2012DanglingConversations rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
An insightful and touching novel, the life of a lonely mother of 4, widowed young due to the carelessness of the owners of the Ocean Ranger drilling rig which collapsed off Newfoundland in 1982. I cried and laughed and tsked over the dumb…
Dec 08, 2012erinsnest rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Started Fri. Dec 7 2012.....Dec 8, pg 65 so far and liking it. I am reading this because it made the list for the "Canada Reads" and will be looking forward to the debates in Feb 2013!....Dec 8, pg 91, really liking this book, and I am…
Jul 27, 2012uncommonreader rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A good book about how a family survives and goes on with life. It is told in a wonderfully unsentimental way.
May 22, 2012Rose21 rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
I thought this book was self-indulgent and somewhat banal, but I know others who quite liked it. In my view, the story and the characters were trite. There is the difficult experience of single parenthood and the initial tragedy and how…
Nov 24, 2011
A beautiful and moving account of grief and loss and tied in such an interesting way to a tragic event in Newfoundland's history.
Jul 29, 2011burleighsmith rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Very special. Each detail—whether it’s a natural event like lightning or snow or an emotional, personal moment—each is so vividly captured with such a fresh direct style. Its narrative is wonderfully internal—following the main…