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    ISBN: 9780889222663 | Paperback

    176 pages | Pub. Date: 19890101
    6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.5 D inches
    Backlist | Drama | Bisac: DRA013000
    Rights: WORLD

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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.

Cast of 6 women, 6 men and 2 boys.

Short-listed 1988 BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction

“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.”
Montreal Gazette

Nominated for the 1988 BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction

By 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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