Kit's Law (Audiobook)
Pub Date: April 1, 2001
BTC Audiobooks / Fiction / Novels
Audio Cassette: 9780864922830 $29.95
It is the 1950s and just outside of the Newfoundland fishing village of Haire's Hollow, fourteen-year-old Kit Pitman lives with her mentally handicapped mother, Josie, both of them cared for and protected by Kit's grandmother Lizzie. The three live a life of hardship, but there is a lot of love in this family. A tragic chain of events leads to demands that Josie be sent to an institution and Kit to an orphanage. Alliances are formed with an odd assortment of characters and the village is thrown into a turbulent upheaval that tests the strength of Kit's relationships with her friends and her family. Narrated by the incomparable Mary Walsh.
Donna Morrissey (b. 1956) grew up in the isolated western Newfoundland community of The Beaches, where, she says, "There were twelve families and we didn't talk to six of them." She studied at memorial University in St. John's, lived in various other parts of Canada, and makes her home in Halifax. Her first novel, Kit's Law (Penguin, 1999), the source of "Grieving Nan," won the National Booksellers Association Libris Award and garnered international praise.
Newfoundland's Mary Walsh is probably best known for her work on CBC Television's This Hour Has 22 Minutes for which she has won three Gemini Awards for writing and performing. Among her credits are the films Secret Nation, Extraordinary Visitor, New Waterford Girl and The Divine Ryans and the television series Up at Ours, Codco, and Dooley Gardens.
"Morrissey's writing is famously vivid, but it's most alive in the dialogue, and Walsh more than does it justice; her hard-edged voice encapsulates Kit's survivor personality, making this audiobook a particular standout." — Atlantic Books Today
"Mary Walsh, the narrator, gives us a lot of local color." — AudioFile