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Bride Marsh, the prettiest girl in a town of boys, and Wanda Stuckless, Bride’s best friend and a small-time drug dealer, have never been away from home. After seventeen years, their entire world has been a small, close-knit island off the coast of Newfoundland. But the two girls have bigger and better ambitions than to be stuck on the island their parents consigned them to.
Throughout the summer after high school, they make plans to finally leave everything behind and move to Toronto, but in the process, they realize that running away from home is not as easy as they originally thought. Once the boys in town start to show an interest in them, the girls find their plans for escape have hit a slight snag as they start to drift further apart and discover that the island might have more to offer than just a dead-end life.
Brimming with colourful characters, the novel is full of love and pathos for the tragic lives Bride and Wanda will be leaving behind. From Wanda’s blind father and catatonic mother, to Bride’s sorrowful stepfather/uncle and her sexually and emotionally insular mother, the island comes to life with their chattering, vibrant lives. Beverley Stone’s writing revels in cutting dialogue with poetic grace, describing the ache of losing a home and losing friends. With an angst reminiscent of A Complicated Kindness, No Beautiful Shore is awash in the anxiety of growing up and the irresistible urge to finally leave home.
About the Author
Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. She lives in Toronto, but Random Island, Newfoundland will always be home. She is a proud alumnus of the Wired Writing Studio at the Banff Centre, Alberta. No Beautiful Shore is Beverley’s first novel.
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- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Cormorant Books (January 31, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1897151195
- ISBN-13: 978-1897151198
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