In this brilliantly funny and poignant debut, Canadian
actor, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh tell the unforgettable story of
a young woman coming of age in the 1960s Newfoundland.
Raised on tough love in St. John’s, Maureen is the
second-youngest daughter of a bitter and angry mother and father who tells the
best stories (but only when he’s drink). If life at home is difficult, school
is torture, with the nuns watching every move Maureen makes. Feeling trapped in
St. John’s, Maureen dreams of what her life could be like in Montreal. She’s
determined to get there, even if it means faking her way into the school choir.
A riotous and heart-rending journey from St. John’s to
Montreal and back, Mary Walsh’s novel explores the many ways in which one day
can reverberate through a lifetime.