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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

Salt-Water Moon

By David French

It’s a splendid moon-filled night at Coley’s Point in August, 1926. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.

The third play of David French’s Mercer family saga, Salt-Water Moon won the 1985 Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, a Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics Award, and an ACTRA Award. It was also a finalist for both the Chalmers Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

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ISBN 13: 9780889222571 | ISBN 10: 889222576
6 W x 9 H inches | 88 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000


“For audiences steeped in Salt-Water Moon, [Ravi Jain’s 2018] production presents a fresh take on a beloved old script. And even for those who’ve never heard of the play before, Jain offers a hauntingly familiar take on an old, sweet song.”
Vancouver Observer

“Three decades have only served to enhance the beauty and universality of David French’s 1984 romantic drama Salt-Water Moon.”
Calgary Herald

Salt-Water Moon casts a gorgeous, candlelit spell … There are complications and class issues, and a world of things standing in their way, such as Mary’s engagement to another man, but we’re rooting for the estranged couple almost immediately. The audience’s investment is thanks in part to the magic in French’s writing.”
Georgia Straight

“[Ravi Jain’s 2016 production] sheds a new light on Jacob’s relationship with his father. … But more than anything, … Jacob and Mary are two people trying to balance love, independence and responsibility. … It does what any good production of a classic does: reminds us why it’s a classic in the first place.”
Toronto Star

“The [2016 Factory Theatre] production, with no designer credited, is visually beguiling, as befits a play about a moonlit courtship. … [the] ending … is magically done”
National Post

“This is a lovely play, lovingly written. We’ve not met the likes of Mary and Jacob on any stage in many a long day. You’ll not soon forget them.”
Hollywood Drama-Logue

“Small-scaled and delicate, Salt-Water Moon is a radiant affirmation of the gifts French exhibited in his earlier plays. Spare, lyrical and tightly constructed, there’s nothing in it that isn’t essential, yet the images the writer conjures up stay in the mind long after the play is finished. It’s a long time since Canadian theatre has been graced by a play as well written as this one.”
Ottawa Citizen

“[Salt-Water Moon is] a gem of a play, an old-fashioned love song that is affecting, funny, and evocative as a dream.”
Globe & Mail

“David French has created an old-fashioned love song that fills Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre with tough talk and tender feeling.”

Salt-Water Moon shines.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“French has packed his script with plenty of emotion and an almost poetic lilt that makes it fairly pulse with the humours and disappointments of young love.”
Toronto Sun

“Tender as a caress, delicate as a love poem…tremendous!”
Southam News


Winner of the 1985 Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding New Play

Winner of the 1985 The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award

Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award

Winner of the Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics Award and ACTRA Award

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David 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.

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