MacDonald, Ann-Marie "Fall On Your Knees" - 1997
We read this book because we didn't want to read another Oprah book - it turned out to become an Oprah book the next month. ;-)
Anyway, not everyone shared my enthusiasm but I really liked it. I loved the author's talent to let the people come alive. I think, part of the story was based on the author's family. The novel is dark but also funny, it incorporates history as well as immigration and religious problems, quite a variety. It's a love story as well as a crime novel, has character studies and a lot of interesting tales.
This was the author's first novel. We read her second one "The Way the Crow Flies" a couple of years later.
We discussed this in our book club in January 2002.
From the back cover: "A story of four sisters tied by inescapable family bonds, of miracles, terrible secrets, attempted murder and an extraordinary love affair. The settings range from haunted Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, through the battlefields of World War I, to the emerging jazz scene of New York City."