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Our Daily Bread

by Lauren B. Davis, read by Damhnait Doyle

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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 Erskine Clan, long shunned by the people of Gideon, live in secrecy and isolation on North Mountain. For generations, the clan’s children have suffered unspeakable acts of abuse, incest and psychological torture. The intolerant, self-righteous Gideonites decline to intervene, believing their neighbours to be beyond salvation. Yet in both groups, nearly everyone has secrets, and nothing is as it seems.

Twenty-one-year-old Albert Erskine dreams of a better life and explains to his new friend, Bobby Evans, a teenager from town, the meaning of the “man’s 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 deep.” Bobby’s eight-year-old sister, Ivy, suffers from incessant bullying by her classmates. Her father, Tom Evans, a local bread delivery man, struggles to keep his troubledmarriage together. As rumours and innuendo about the Evans family spread, Ivy seeks refuge in the company of Dorothy Carlisle, an independent-minded widow who runs a local antiques store. When Albert ventures down from the mountain, he sets in motion a chain of events that changes everything.

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Lauren B. Davis is the author of The Grimoire of Kensington Market, Against a Darkening Sky, The Empty Room, Our Daily Bread, and The Radiant City. She has been longlisted for the Giller Prize and the ReLit Awards, and shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Lauren lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Damhnait Doyle was born in Labrador City, Newfoundland, and grew up in St. John's. Her debut album, Shadows Wake Me, was released in 1996. In 1997 she was nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Solo Artist. She was also nominated in five categories at that year's East Coast Music Awards.
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Our Daily Bread

It's never easy reading a book that is rife with the squalor and abuse in which some people find themselves. I nearly didn't make it through the first chapter because of the above, but having said that, I'm glad I kept going. The characters in this very moving story are beautifully drawn. Dorothy, who runs the antique store, is Everygrandmother—ferocious when crossed but not without a sense of humour. And Albert, the protagonist is beyond memorable. The children, and there are many with varying parts to play in this story, are larger than life. Another reminder, as if we need one, that things are not always the way they seem on the surface, that everyone has a story, and everyone deserves a chance to better themselves because this is the way the world works, we are given chances and some of us take them and run and some of us ignore them and flounder. I highly recommend this gritty, beautifully written book. And I'll be reading more of Ms. Davis' work thanks to this introduction to her.

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