Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Our Daily Bread

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Book Review - Our Daily Bread

About the Book
Ms. Davis takes the real life story of the infamous Goler Clan of Nova Scotia, a clan of poor, rural, inbred families known for child abuse, sexual abuse and incest to create her story. The religiously intolerant, puritanical people of Gideon in her novel shun the Erskine Clan because “they are beyond salvation.”

Our Daily Bread sees a young man who wants a better life renounce the identity of his group—he comes down from the mountain—and this action sets in motion a chain of shocking events. The book remains a powerful paradigm on the effects of religious intolerance and social disintegration on two, troubled and conflicting subcultures and is a parable of any conflicts by any disparate groups—present or past—and the resulting consequences. In the extreme, witness the genocides in Nazi Germany or Darfur.

Ms. Davis’ previous book, The Stubborn Season (Harper Perennial Canada, 2002) was the subject of the TVOntario Series, “Big Ideas.” Her novel, The Radiant City (HarperCollins Canada, 2005), was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. An Unrehearsed Desire (Exile Editions, 2008) was recognized by the Relit Awards which acknowledges the best work of independent publishers.

My Take on the Book
This book was well written and engaged me from the beginning to the end. I was impressed with the way in which the characters draw you into the story and keep you there. At the same time, I was impressed with the plot itself, as the author has done a great job at allowing the reader to see the conflict and intolerance that exists between characters and I know that at least for me, I kept wondering what would come next. 

The town and people of Gideon are at best a unique bunch, and it is hard to believe that this tale is based on real people and real beliefs, but it is. All-in-all this book is a great book that you will not want to put down!

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