An Audience of Chairs

A Novel

Clark, Joan

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Audience of Chairs
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.

Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 0676976557
Characteristics: 353 p.


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Jan 22, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The novel opens with Moranna Mackenzie living alone in her ancestral Cape Breton farmhouse, waging a war with the symptoms of bipolar disorder and grieving the loss of her two daughters, taken from her over thirty years before. Through a series of flashbacks we learn more of the devastating effects of her illness on her marriage and family but we also get a glimpse into the mind of a true, wild spirit--funny and courageous, and managing, despite overwhelming odds, to keep hope alive.

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.

Apr 21, 2012

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

Feb 23, 2012

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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