Random Passage by Bernice MorganRandom Passage by Bernice Morgan

Random Passage

byBernice Morgan

Paperback | May 1, 1992

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Forced to flee England, the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country, only to discover a barren, inhospitable land at the end of their crossing. To seventeen-year-old Lavinia, uprooted from everything familiar, it seems a fate worse than the one they left behind. Driven by loneliness she begins a journal. Random Passage satisfies the craving for those details that headstones and history books can never give: the real story of our Newfoundland ancestors, of how time and chance brought them to the forbidding shores of a new found land. It is a saga of families and of individuals; of acquisitive Mary Bundle; of charming Ned Andrews, whose thievery has turned his family into exiles; of mad Ida; of Thomas Hutchings, who might be an aristocrat, a holy man, or a murderer; and of Lavinia - who wrote down the truth and lies about them all. Random Passage has been adapted into a CBC miniseries and is now a national bestseller.
Bernice Morgan was born in preconfederate Newfoundland. She has worked for many years in public relations, first with Memorial University of Newfoundland, and later with Newfoundland Teachers' Association. Many of her short stories have been published in small magazines, anthologies and school textbooks. The mother of two daughters and...
Title:Random PassageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.03 × 6.15 × 0.56 inPublished:May 1, 1992Publisher:Breakwater Books Ltd.Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outport Living Random Passage's description of outport living brought to life the way my ancestors must have lived. My family tree research has been mostly numbers and dates, but this book opened my eyes on the endurance and courage the new settlers must have had. My ancestors were from Fogo Island, which even got a mention in the book! If you loved this one, try Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey. Its setting is more recent, but it's equally good reading. Three nights of staying up till 3 am was definitely worth it!
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