- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Edition edition (April 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443413828
- ISBN-13: 978-1443413824
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Our Daily Bread Paperback – Apr 3 2012
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"Powerful, harrowing, and deeply unsettling. It keeps you reading as your blood pressure mounts... proceeds like a noose gradually tightening... stark, beautiful, sad and frankly terrifying... finely crafted, with careful attention to characterization, style, and pacing. It succeeds on every level." -- The Quill & Quire
"Absorbing, strikingly-written, and subtly-honed . . . a page-turner!" -- Gordon Hauptfleisch
"Full of remarkable moments . . . a level of detail that puts us in the beating hearts of imperiled souls . . . simple, brave, powerful scenes, skillfully written with an anger no less effective for being tempered - scenes that sit with the soul long after the book is closed." -- Alan Cuymn, The Globe & Mail
Named as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Globe & Mail and the Boston Globe.
"Thrilling . . . unflinching . . . unforgettable. Davis makes us care about her characters . . . imaginatively transformed by exquisite prose. Her moral fiction calls us to empathize, read, imagine and hear. This is a story of getting lost in the woods, of meeting the monster and getting out alive." -- Jean Randich, Truthdig.com
"I'll never forget this book, the sunning power of the descriptions, the attention to detail, the riveting plot, the fully-realized characters--this is storytelling at its very best." -- Duff Brenna, author of The Book of Mamie, The Holy Book of the Beard, Too Cool
"From the first chapter of OUR DAILY BREAD...I was hooked--by the characters, by the flow, by the clean, rhythmic prose." -- Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet
"Rendered with gorgeous prose, this compact, fast-moving novel features an astonishing range of tones, from hope to heartbreak, from black humor to white-knuckle terror." -- Dexter Palmer, author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion
About the Author
Lauren's most recent work, Our Daily Bread (Wordcraft of Oregon), was named as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe, and earned a starred review in the industry publication Quill & Quire. Her first novel, The Stubborn Season, was a national bestseller and named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon.ca and Books in Canada. It was also chosen by Robert Adams for his prestigious 2003-2004 book review series. Her second novel, The Radiant City, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award. She has also published two collections of short stories, An Unrehearsed Desire (longlisted for the Relit Award) and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives.
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In town, Tom Evans and his wife Patty have two children. There is 15 year old Bobby and 10 year old Ivy. Tom delivers bread to the town folks. He is very well-liked. Patty has never been accepted by the people and is considered an outsider. Tom met her in New York and brings her to Gideon. Patty is known around town for not having a good reputation. Now their marriage is in trouble. Patty is restless and bored with life. It doesn't take long before she picks up and leaves Tom and the children.
Ivy is doing well in school, but as of late, she has been bullied by two classmates. Everyday she is followed and made miserable. She finds refuge at Dorothy Carlisle's antique store. Dorothy is an independent widow, who is smart, kind and likeable. Ivy opens up to Dorothy and gets things off her chest. Dorothy is Ivy's life saver. She asks Dorothy if she can stay after school and help her with things around the store. Very soon, Ivy has a paying job after school at the antique store. When Dorothy's husband was alive, they use to go to the mountain late at night and leave bags of food and clothes on the doorstep for the poor children and their families.
Bobby is missing school and just bumming around. His father doesn't know it. He is bored and feels sad. He has been beaten up by some of the kids at school. Today, he is throwing rocks into the river and suddenly he comes across Albert Erskine, who is 22 years old and they begin to talk. Albert longs for a different life for himself than the mountain life, where he feels alone and is not respected. Albert drives Bobby around in his truck, giving him a drag from his cigarette and a swig of booze. Bobby likes Albert. He thinks Albert is a cool guy. Albert thinks of Bobby as a younger brother. Albert has other things on his mind. He wants to get off the mountain at all costs and give himself and his siblings a better life. Along the way, Bobby sees his sister, Ivy, and introduces her to Albert. Very soon, Ivy is in the truck too.
The trouble in town begins with the arrival of Albert Erskine "The Other". As you read on you will come to understand.
Lauren B. Davis draws you into this story like a noose around your neck slowly tightening and very soon your interest is held to the very last page and after. Her writing is outstanding and the pace and flow makes this book remarkable. I was taken in by the characters. They are so well-developed. This story is inspired by the true story of the Goler Clan of Nova Scotia.
Our Daily Bread is a page-turner and a chilling read NOT TO BE MISSED.
What I really loved about this book were the vivid descriptions of the setting and the characters; the writer's command of language and characterization is exquisite. I'm not surprised this book was longlisted for the Giller Prize. A must read for anyone looking for a dark, tense, well-paced literary novel.
This story is so sad, yet so hopeful.
From the start, I was swept into the world of this story, and the author's extraordinary writing style .
I read over 40 books a year, and this is the finest novel I have read in several years.
I give it 5 stars +
With reference to the Lord's Prayer in the title, one expects to find inferences to the core traditions that religion can bring to a community and it's people. There is also a dark side, a brooding side to those tenants that can unravel, destroy and debase al that is good within any traditions of family. This is the paradox found within Our Daily Bread.
The story felt like an slow motion unfolding of real degradation. The true colours of the paradox of isolated pride of characters within the hidden horrors of abuse. The book exposes how the supposed prejudices against 'others' exist with the whispered wonderings of what really goes on 'there' and how the suppositions were mild compared to the reality.
I felt the strength of the characters, but it was a strength holding much discomfort and I recognized it somehow. Every evening as I read page after page, it was with a feeling of distaste for much that wasn't being said. It was like the 'elephant in the room,' where secrets hide other secrets. This book was so much about what wasn't written.
Our Daily Bread reinforced a reality in life, where ugly and evil does exist and can permeate a small community. Where rescue just didn''t happen.
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