A new edition of Bernice Morgan’s classic, bestselling, family saga.
The chill Atlantic lies between Lavinia Andrews and the England she loves after a shattering incident topples her family’s fortunes. Shocked, she can barely comprehend that the Andrews family will call Random Passage home from now on—this tiny settlement perched on rock between dense forest and the inhospitable ocean. Wresting their survival from the sparse soil and the capricious ocean, Lavinia, her sisters and brothers, their families, and their mother work side by side with the capable Vincent family, the determined and mysterious Mary Bundle, and the enigmatic storekeeper Thomas Hutchings, who might have been a priest or a murderer.
As the tiny outport community struggles for survival, it must deal with the threat of starvation and fatal illness, with surprise attacks by privateers and a savage polar bear, with tragic loves marked by madness and murder.
“This is a superb piece of writing, tremendously evocative of the early history of Newfoundland – exactly right.”
– Jack McClelland
“Morgan write with convincing authority about the period, and the dialogue in particular, in evocative and colourful dialect, is wonderfully realized. Random Passagei is no pastoral idyll, but it has the ring of truth to it. Given that, it’s a miracle this country got settled at all.”
–The Globe and Mail
“Random Passage is a great Canadian story. It is a wonderful mixture of love, power, forgotten pasts and missed opportunities. An unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining book.” – Montreal Gazette
About the Author
Bernice Morgan was born in preconfederate Newfoundland. She has worked for many years in public relations, first with Memorial University of Newfoundland, and later with Newfoundland Teachers’ Association. Many of her short stories have been published in small magazines, anthologies and school textbooks. The mother of two daughters and a son, she lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Random Passage, the 4-part television mini-series, based on her book, aired on CBC Television, beginning January 27, 2002.
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