Fall on your Knees

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fall on your Knees
The story of a jinxed family, a catalog of rape, incest and death. James Piper abuses his daughter, atones by sending her to New York to study singing while he goes to war, she returns pregnant, dies in childbirth when her mother opens her to save her twins. One of the twins dies, mother commits suicide, the second twin contracts polio while being baptized in a creek by an aunt, the aunt is raped by James. A first novel set in Nova Scotia early this century.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005, c1996
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 0743237196
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 508 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 16, 2015
  • gvlee rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I found the characters were unlikeable and the storyline incoherent. I gave up after 85 pages.

Dec 11, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A compelling first novel by an award-winning Canadian playwright. MacDonald knows how to set scenes that leave you breathless--with laughter, deep recognition, or shock! She portrays the earliest years of our country’s century, following the lives of four Nova-Scotian sisters in and out of the tangled web of their shared past, present and future. Don’t miss this!

Jan 09, 2014
  • mooncat rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found the description of the sexual child abuse offensive and although I read this book to the end, the story line did not make sense most of the time which showed the author's lack of experience writing novels. I would not recommend this book to others.

Nov 07, 2013
  • ashleysears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

SPOILERS ------I hated Mercedes from the start, I actually disliked her more then the father and he was a sick bastard. Don't use god as an excuse for anything. Hating your sisters because people like them for them even if one of them is rottenly bad. She never did anything because she was nice she did it because she wanted something out of it. And why did she tell Adalaide no to giving her and Ginger the baby, why was it better to leave him in that home? Why would you tell your sister her baby died, when you can see that, that was what finally made her happy. That's pure selfishness, and had nothing to do with God. The only part that was good was that she finally made the family tree the correct way, even if Frances had to fight to get her to hear the truth. PS Frances was my favorite.

Nov 09, 2012
  • Pisinga rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I didn't get it. I do not like the composition of the book, lengthy description of "girls' games". I do not know if this is good or bad, but I could not read beyond half of this book.

Jan 31, 2012
  • barbarad27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolute Must Read!! Tugs at your emotions and I found myself unable to put it down. Fabulous!

Nov 15, 2011
  • Jahknees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book just as much when I read it the second time. Compelling story with such incredibly flawed characters. It's funny how much I liked it when none of the characters are at all likeable.

Aug 09, 2011
  • dendrocoro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read! I was hooked from page one. The story moved quickly and kept me enthralled every minute.

Highly recommend.

Jul 30, 2011

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Jul 19, 2011
  • green_thumb rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I had to stop reading this book. What is up with so many of Oprah's Book Club novels being utterly depressing?! If I am going to read a book I don't want to have to suffer through a fictional character's misery without any relief.

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Apr 06, 2010

A complex story of lust, betrayals and long-held secrets, set in Cape Breton. The saga begins in 1899 when James Piper, 18, elopes with Materia Mahmoud, 13.


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MacDonald, Ann-Marie, 1958-
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