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An Audience of Chairs

A Novel
Clark, Joan (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Audience of Chairs
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The story of Moranna MacKenzie, a woman who lives alone in a Cape Breton farmhouse, fighting the ups and downs of a mental illness and still grieving the loss of her two daughters who were taken from her over thirty years previously. When Moranna learns that one of her long-lost daughters is to be married in Halifax, she is determined to attend.
Authors: Clark, Joan, 1934-
Title: An audience of chairs
a novel
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed. --
Characteristics: 353 p.
Summary: The story of Moranna MacKenzie, a woman who lives alone in a Cape Breton farmhouse, fighting the ups and downs of a mental illness and still grieving the loss of her two daughters who were taken from her over thirty years previously. When Moranna learns that one of her long-lost daughters is to be married in Halifax, she is determined to attend.
ISBN: 0676976557
Research Call Number: 3596 32.95 FIC CLAR 2005. 1
Statement of Responsibility: Joan Clark
Subject Headings: Absentee mothers Fiction. Mothers and daughters Fiction. Mental illness Fiction. Cape Breton Island (N.S.) Fiction.
Topical Term: Absentee mothers
Mothers and daughters
Mental illness
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Nov 14, 2012
  • lpwords rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Moranna may be one of the most memorable characters in Canadian Literature. An engrossing read.

I just could not get into this book. I gave up after 75 pages

I picked this book up at Frenchy's where I tend to keep an eye out for Canadian authors.
It is a moving, compassionate portrayal of a remarkable woman living with bi-polar disorder.
This book provides remarkable insight into living with mental illness and does so with respect and humour in a very engaging tale.
One of my favourite books, would highly recommend it for a Book Club and as a Canada Reads contender.

Nov 21, 2011
  • Heeler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very readable and engaging story. Although the story centers around Moranna and her struggles with mental illness, I did not find it to be an overly dark or heavy book. Verly good read.

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