1949 Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889222663
Pages: 176
Pub. Date: January 1 1989
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.5"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA013000

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By David French

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.

“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.”
Montreal Gazette

Nominated for the 1988 BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction