A novel about what happens when we view our neighbours as "The
Other" and the transformative power of unlikely friendships;
Our Daily Bread is inspired by the true story of the Goler
Clan of Nova Scotia.
The God-fearing people of Gideon shun the Erskine Clan, who have
lived on North Mountain in poverty, secrecy and isolation,
believing their neighbours to be beyond salvation. "That''s the
mountain," they say. "What do you expect from those people?"
Yet in both groups nearly everyone has secrets and nothing is as
On the mountain, Albert Erskine dreams of a better and safer
life for his younger brothers and sisters. He lives by his code:
"You keep your secrets to yourself and you keep your weaknesses a
secret and your hurts a secret and your dreams you bury double
In town, young Ivy Evans is relentlessly bullied by her
classmates. Though her father, Tom, is a well-liked local, his
troubled marriage to a restless outsider is a source of gossip. As
rumors and innuendo about the Evans family spread, Ivy seeks refuge
in Dorothy Carlisle, an independent-minded widow who runs a local
When Albert ventures down the mountain and seizes on the
Evanses'' family crisis as an opportunity to befriend Ivy''s
vulnerable teenage brother, Bobby, he sets in motion a chain of
events that changes everything.