Crying For The Moon: A Novel by Mary WalshCrying For The Moon: A Novel by Mary Walsh

Crying For The Moon: A Novel

byMary Walsh

Hardcover | April 18, 2017

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“A page-turner with an indelible heroine.” —Ann-Marie MacDonald

Canadian actor, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh explodes onto the literary scene with this unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in late 1960s Newfoundland

Raised on tough love in St. John’s, Maureen is the second-youngest daughter of a bitter and angry mother and a beaten-down father who tells the best stories (but only when he’s drunk). If life at home is difficult, then school is torture, with the nuns watching every move she makes. But Maureen wants a bigger life. She wants to go to sexy, exciting Montreal and be part of Expo 67, even if it means faking her way into the school choir.

Finally achieving her goal of reaching Montreal, Maureen escapes the vigilant eye of Sister Imobilis and sneaks away, and over the course of a few hours, one humiliating encounter with a young Leonard Cohen and a series of breathtakingly bad decisions change the course of her life forever.

A riotous and heart-rending journey from St. John’s to Montreal and back, Mary Walsh’s dazzling debut novel is darkly hilarious but also paints a very real portrait of the challenges of being young and female and poor in 1960s Newfoundland. Crying for the Moon explores the many ways in which one day can reverberate through a lifetime.


Mary Walsh was born in St.John’s, Newfoundland. She studied acting at Ryerson University and is thecreator of the show This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1993-present) for CBC. Theshow has won numerous Gemini, Canadian Comedy and Canadian Screen Awards. She hasappeared diversely in both drama and comedy series including the Gemini awardwinning ...
Title:Crying For The Moon: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:April 18, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443410365

ISBN - 13:9781443410366


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I love Mary Walsh as a comedian, but not so much as an author. I found her novel to be exaggerated and her characters flat. St. John's is very present as the setting for this all too tragic tale, but the city's overwhelming charm and the friendliness of its citizens is noticeably absent. George Taylor and Maureen Brennan's Dad manage to evoke some empathy from the reader but are less than credible creations. I persevered to the end but was rewarded only to the extent that I can say I read the book.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like it Just bought this book yesterday and am thoroughly enjoying it. Mary Walsh has a great sense of humour and a fantastic comedic style to her writing. Please write another one
Date published: 2017-04-19

Editorial Reviews

“Walsh pitches the tone expertly. Crying unspools a thread of true black sorrow and features a heroine that can’t get out of her own way. But it’s also fast-paced and wry and nimble. The stakes are high and supported with ambiance, tension, slapstick, heartbreak, and complete authenticity.”