North Of Here by Philip David AlexanderNorth Of Here by Philip David Alexander

North Of Here

byPhilip David Alexander

Paperback | October 15, 2012

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Donna and Raymond would be the first to admit their 25-year union wasn't perfect. But despite all its various blemishes, their life together works, or at least it did until, one frigid November night, in a field just a few miles from their home, one reckless act throws their lives into a tailspin. Donna is willing to follow a winding path to peace, and turns to her friends and community for help. Raymond, on the other hand, takes a more bare-knuckled approach to life, and believes he'll solve his own problems, one punch or elbow at a time. North of Here is a story of courtship, marriage, grief, joy, and a skewed hope for the future.

Philip David Alexander's fiction has appeared in various journals and magazines including StoryGlossia, Hardboiled and Front & Centre. He is the author of one previous novel, The Next Rainy Day. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Title:North Of HereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Now or Never Publishing Co.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1926942108

ISBN - 13:9781926942100

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from About a Marriage and One Woman's Strength! I was pleasantly surprised by this book which was recommended to me by a friend. The characters are everyday people but so well drawn. I immediately disliked the character of Ray but found myself liking him and even laughing at his wickedness as I read his story. Donna is a great and strong character, a woman who saves herself from losing her identity and then reaches out to her husband. A great and emotional read! A story that makes you take sides and cheer for the characters to find happiness!
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read!! A great read - highly recommended!! This story draws you in quickly and has you feeling like Ray and Donna could be someone you know. It's amazing how both points of view feel so emotional and real, I found myself "siding" with each one at different times - so I couldn't wait to read the next chapter. This story is touching, real, and makes you think - a story for everyone!
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grim & Gorgeous! I really loved this book! It’s a compelling read & the characters of Raymond & Donna are so real, especially Donna. They tell a story that is both heartbreaking & uplifting. The story is not really set anywhere in particular & yet I could visualize the neighbourhood & the community. The other characters are also complex & so real. As the book nears its climax the suspense is unbearable & the ending, is a surprise, & so uplifting. A truly realistic, touching & universal story that anyone could read. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends & family!
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Future Classic This little novel is a powerful and compelling story of a middle-class couple fighting to carry on after the brutal murder of their son, a boy beloved to them both, but also the subject of many disagreements that has left cracks in foundation of their marriage. The backdrop to this story is simple, but effective: neighbours and friends who reach out, ignore or stumble, and a hapless police department clutching at straws to solve the boy’s murder. The author is incredibly skilled in his portrayal of the physical and psychological breakdown of the couple and equally adept at depicting the resulting anger, resignation and stoicism the horrible crime has left in them to deal with. This book is fascinating in the way that it delivers many revelations, with its numerous stories within the story, which add depth and convincing history to the characters. The narrative device is basic: he said – she said, but rendered with considerable skill and humour. When considering great novels of family and marriage, we think of A Death in the Family, Ordinary People, Up Country and The Winter of Our Discontent. North of Here is a worthy addition to this list of works that confirm that family, despite its frustrations, always anchors us and provides us with hope and resolve in the face of hardship.
Date published: 2012-11-02