Within the Province of Nova Scotia we have many harbours, with Halifax being the largest one and which is an open harbour all year.
Our thoughts remain with the family, staff and residents touched by December’s death at Valley View. Whatever the circumstances of that tragedy, we must learn from it and move forward to ensure that people get the support they need in the appropriate care environment.
By Rosalie MacEachern
For The News
David Adams Richards’ reputation as a dark writer is unlikely to change with his latest book, Crimes Against My Brother (Doubleday, $32.95 hardcover) but if you like your entertainment laced with tragedy, this one is for you.
Richards’ dark reputation is one the New Brunswick writer considers unjustified. In an author’s note, he suggests readers take heart and recognize that “no betrayal is so self-infatuated, self-serving or brutal, it cannot, in the end, be overcome.”
Like his previous books, Crimes is set in a fictional rural community, strikingly reminiscent of Richards’ own Miramichi Valley where lumber has been king and the economy is depressed. Three inseparable cousins and friends, each in the manipulative employ of a local businessman, are forced to spend a night in the woods during a vicious snowstorm. They rage against their lack of opportunity and the confines of their society as they fight to stay alive and as the desperate night goes on, they deny the existence of God in their lives. This they do in defiance of another poor local, Sydney Henderson, who in a definitive moment makes a bargain with God never to harm a soul. Henderson is the main character in an earlier Richards’ novel, Mercy Among the Children.
The blood bond that is meant to unite begins to fray as the three boys, all growing into manhood, struggle to exert some economic control over their lives. Each of them sees his future prosperity tied in some…