An Audience of Chairs

An Audience of Chairs

A Novel

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676976557
Characteristics: 353 p.


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Feb 15, 2016

I just couldn't warm up to this main character, even though it was evident her behaviour was not her fault. I didn't think she was funny, having known someone like this... perhaps it was just too personal. Gave up three quarters of the way through.

Nov 07, 2015

Excellent read, particularly so because its written from the point of view of the mentally ill protagonist. The author's descriptions are delicious and succinct. I had to read some of them twice just to savor the picture she conjured.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

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.

lpwords Nov 14, 2012

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

TheConstantGardener 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

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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