Title: Fall On Your Knees
Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald
Summary: A sprawling saga about five generations of a family from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is the impressive first fiction from Canadian playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald. This epic tale of family history, family secrets, and music centers on four sisters and their relationships with each other and with their father. Set in the coal-mining communities of Nova Scotia in the early part of this century, the story also shifts to the battlefields of World War I and the jazz scene of New York City in the 1920s.
My Rating: 9.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Fall on Fall on Your Knees was an incredible, riveting read. There were many times were it was hard to put the book down, as I was so involved in the story. I think it's safe to say this is a book that will likely be one of my favourite books of the year.
The writing style was what initially pulled me in, from the first few pages the author had me hooked by how the story was told. Something about it just grabbed me and kept my attention. The book moved slowly, which helped develop the characters and plot, but it wasn't noticeable in most cases because of lovely writings style. The ending was spectacular and beautiful, I was surprised by parts of it (and disturbed out by other parts), but many of those plot developments were tied into the story beautifully - although I do wish the reader was able to experience some of these plot revelations more directly.
The characters were well done, although I don't have a favourite in the book I still enjoyed there stories and development. I did find some of them hard to like at times, but even those characters had some great development - especially Kathleen. She was a character I found to be very unlikeable, until near the end f the book when secrets were revealed, then I grew to really enjoy her character, especially on an emotional level. All of the characters are well rounded, complex and have multiple layers, some more apparent than others, but the characters were well written.
As I said above, the plot did move slowly at times, which was a good thing for me because it gave me a chance to savour the book and story longer. But there were a few times were I did want it to progress a little faster, but that was a minor issue. Overall a wonderful read which I highly recommend!
Would I recommend it to read: I would, this was such an amazing read - and hard to tear myself away from it at times. I'd highly recommend the book.
What to read next: More Canadian Classics and Award Winners
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V, New Author Challenge