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Publisher's Summary

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even destroy them.Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed muligenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.
Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is a tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption.
©1996 Ann-Marie MacDonald; (P)2002 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"An unforgettable novel." (AudioFile)
"MacDonald is a talented storyteller with a crisp yet lilting prose style." (Booklist)
"Ms. MacDonald skillfully shifts the story backward and forward in time, giving it a mythic quality that allows dark, half-buried secrets to be gracefully and chillingly revealed." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Beautiful....this big, bold, epic shocker of a novel reads as if John Irving met Joyce Carol Oates in her Gothic period....It's a wild ride." (Chicago Tribune)
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By Cynthia Maloney on 05-26-12

One of the best stories I've come across

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I absolutely love this book and I have recommended it to countless people for some time now. I read it in paperback about nine years ago and it had me literally sitting at the edge of my seat with my hand clasped over my mouth while I was reading the beginning of Book 2. Never before has a story held me quite so breathless. I have been meaning to reread the book for years but never got around to it, so when I saw it on Audible I couldn't resist. I've been so happy with Audible and look forward to my credit day every month.

Did Nikki James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Nikkii James mostly did a fine job, and definitely differentiated the character, but I must say she ruined the very part of the book that had been my whole reason for wanting to reread it in the first place. The sing-songie baby voice that she used for the Frances and Mercedes during the most gut wrenching chapters took away from the severity of what was happening.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would definitely watch the movie.

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By Caroline Anne Cayce on 10-03-14

Downright Depressing

What was most disappointing about Ann-Marie MacDonald’s story?

I wish it would have been more upfront that this story is largely centered around pedophilia. I'm a pretty liberal book reader but this is a book that I wouldn't want to discuss with anyone because it's perverse. The description makes it sound much more romantic but it's really nothing of the sort.

How could the performance have been better?

I really hated how the narrator changed her voice for the characters. It was very forced and annoying.

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