Monday, 4 June 2012

Dohaney, M.T. "To Scatter Stones"

Dohaney, M.T. "To Scatter Stones" - 1992

"To Scatter Stones" picks up where "The Corrigan Women" left us. A daughter returns home after her divorce and gets busy in her little village. Again, many obstacles are in her way that are just as difficult in the second half of the century than they were in the first one. However, M.T. Dohaney manages to describe them just as well and the spirit of the Corrigan women has not left. It is still there and will be there in any of their descendants, no matter what the problems will be.

From the back cover:

"Described as Newfoundland's answer to Frank McCourt, M.T. Dohaney's To Scatter Stones is available once again. Long out of print, the highly anticipated To Scatter Stones was first published in 1992, the second novel in Dohaney's celebrated Corrigan Women trilogy. Now it's available to readers once again. In this novel, Tess Corrigan, newly divorced, has moved from Montreal to St. John's as manager of a travel agency. On a visit to her birthplace, a tiny outport called the Cove, she agrees to stand as the Liberal candidate in the forthcoming provincial election. Little by little, she becomes wrapped up in the lives of her childhood friends and neighbours. But the return to her roots is also difficult. The last of the Corrigan women, Tess is the daughter of Carmel and an American soldier, who turns out to be a bigamist. In addition to the uncomfortable echoes from her past, Tess's politics stir up conflict in the traditionally Tory village. Not only does she face discouraging odds and hard ethical choices, but she is the first 'petticoat candidate' ever to run for office in the Cove. On top of these external crises, Tess must deal with her own conflicting emotions and the love of youth, Dennis Walsh, now a priest, who reappears in the Cove. To Scatter Stones spans from the 1960s into the 1990s, marking not only the life changes of the last of the Corrigan women, but the radical changes as Newfoundland moved from paternalism and an economy based on the fishery to a more equitable political ideal. With wit and insight, M.T. Dohaney carries the story of the Corrigan women into the final decades of the 20th century.

When I heard there is a third novel "A Fit Month for Dying", I read that one as well but was hugely disappointed.

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