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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
1949 continues the saga of the Mercer family, enlarged to include the extended family as well as off-stage characters from earlier plays. David French deals with the emotional and political decisions that the characters must come to as Newfoundland joins Confederation on April Fool’s Day of 1949. As recent immigrants to Toronto, the members of the Mercer family see this event both as a new future and as a loss of Newfoundland’s culture and independence.
ISBN 13: 9780889222663 | ISBN 10: 889222665
6 W x 9 H inches | 176 pages
$18.95 CAN / $14.95 US
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“With the love French bears his characters, and the humour, poignancy, and insight that grace every scene, 1949 stands squarely in the rich tradition of world literature — Chekhov springs to mind — that maps the intricate joys and torment of the human soul.”
“Written on an epic scale with an epic theme…The stories are told with French’s warm humour and effortless command of stage convention.”
—Globe and Mail
—Winnipeg Free Press
“A glorious romp of Newfoundland humour and pathos.”
Nominated for the 1988 BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction
About the ContributorsDavid French
Born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, David French was one of Canada’s best-known and most critically acclaimed playwrights. His work received many major awards, and French was one of the first inductees into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.