When the Saints

When the Saints

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A decade after being cast off to live with strangers, Tabby Saint returns to Solace River, Nova Scotia, to find her childhood home deserted. She quickly latches on to the lonely tavern-keeper, West, who informs her that her family was run out of town. Tabby heads out to nearby Jubilant to find the fragments of her family: her addict sister, Poppy, and her two young kids; her brothers, Bird and Jackie, one crippled by a vicious attack and the other holding a dangerous grudge against the men responsible; a threadbare version of the bulletproof mother she remembers; and an ailing father, a man so vile he is unworthy of forgiveness even on his deathbed. Irreverent and mouthy as they ever were, the Saints are still a lightning rod for trouble. When a new storm arises, Tabby must choose whether to stay or run back the way she came.
Publisher: Toronto : Harper Avenue, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443431071
Characteristics: 278 pages ;,23 cm.


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Jan 13, 2020

Terrific debut novel. Sarah Mian created warm, flawed, struggling characters that the reader can get behind. Her use of humor softens this hard story and shows the character' resilience & determination.

The Saint family grew up rough, poor, abused, misguided....you name it, they lived it. The father of this group is a broken, hostile, mean man. He scammed everyone, the town distrusted, disliked him &, as an extension, his family.

This book shows the struggles that a family or person can face when the past is not forgotten or forgiven and when the past judges their present and future. This is as much about resilience as it is about forgiveness and moving forward.

Mar 23, 2015

This is a must read by a young Canadian author from Nova Scotia. You will paint your own picture of each character and their zany antics. A great Maritime read which is funny.
Gini M

Mar 06, 2015

I loved the tough, smart, vulnerable and hilarious protagonist. A quick, compelling read!

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Mar 06, 2015

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