Broken Man on A Halifax Pier

Broken Man on A Halifax Pier

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"A tale of one man's shipwrecked life and an unlikely crew of rescuers. Having lost his long-time journalism job and been swindled out of his life savings, fifty-five-year-old Charles Howard is standing by the edge of Halifax Harbour on a foggy morning contemplating his dismal future when Ramona Danforth interrupts his ritual of self-pity. And so begins a most interesting relationship. Charles and Ramona decide to travel to his childhood home, Stewart Harbour, a fishing village far down Nova Scotia's remote Eastern Shore populated by rugged individualists. Charles left the village immediately after graduating from high school and never looked back. Until now. The past soon catches up with him in ways he could never have imagined."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, [2019]
ISBN: 9781459745247
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 16, 2019

Readers of this novel have the opportunity to decide whether Lady Luck smiled upon a broken man on a Halifax pier … or frowned. Life's experiences create pearls we string together to form a necklace emblematic of who we are. This most precious of possessions receives safe keeping in our vault of memory. Alas, sometimes access becomes iffy, transitorily or permanently. Choyce attempts to turn the table on the notion that an individual 'can't go home again'. Literary diabetics beware: a promising start unfortunately disintegrates into an ending oozing a cloying treacle whose ingestion can render one comatose. Moreover, any feint that Ramona embodies a sensual bohemian proves disappointingly false. This story is largely set on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. Staying in the Maritimes, an alternative tale on a variant theme is Sweetland by Michael Crummey. The stage is an island off Newfoundland. Unsentimentally haunting.

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