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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412022
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

River Of The Brokenhearted

A superlative novel by 'the greatest Canadian writer alive' (Vancouver Sun)

Janie McCleary runs one of the first movie theatres in New Brunswick. A successful woman in a world of men, she is ostracized, a victim of double-dealing and overt violence. She trusts no one outside her family.
Spanning generations. RIVER OF THE BROKENHEARTED explores the life of this formidable woman, a pioneer before the age of feminism, and her legacy as it unfolds tragically in the lives of her son and grandchildren.
Written with aching compassion and masterful sophistication. RIVER OF THE BROKENHEARTED muses on the tyranny of memory and history, and peers into the hearts of these extraordinary characters.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446412022
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

David Adams Richards

David Adams Richards, born in New Brunswick, Canada, is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet. His novels include Mercy Among the Children, which won the 2000 Giller Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Award,;The Bay of Love and Sorrows, which was made into a feature film; River of the Brokenhearted; the award-winning Nights Below Station Street; and most recently The Friends of Meager Fortune.

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Praise for River Of The Brokenhearted

“Richards builds a compelling picture of tragedy and thwarted lives, as old sins poison new generations”


“Psychologically acute”


“David Adams Richards' characters achieve redemption through affliction, but the reader does not feel afflicted”

Dwayne Johnston

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