“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.
“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.”
“Enjoyed Mary Walsh: #CRYINGFORTHEMOON Messing up, growing up in #NFLND c.1970, hippies+NSFW vocab +nuns: what’s not to 3?”
“This is a dark tale from the real world, lightened by Mary’s trademark irony, intelligence and wit.”
“With Crying for the Moon, Mary Walsh debuts like a speeding bullet onto the literary scene. Gritty, searing, funny and often heartbreakingly sweet. A page-turner with an indelible heroine.”