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Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Toronto-based writer and actor. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Drama. She won a Gemini Award for her role in the film Where the Spirit Lives and was nominated for a Genie for her role in I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. Fall On Your Knees was published in the New Face of Fiction program in 1996.
Terrific, there is no other word; long (736 pages) but it doesn’t feel it. In fact the book falls into two halves and at the end of the first you wonder why the second is needed … and then you discover. Book one: a Canadian air force base in the 60s, early on you learn of the murder of a child and read furiously, slightly unnerved, willing it not to be … well I won’t say. The children are particularly well realised, the atmosphere of hope laced with terrible secrets beautifully handled and by the time you reach the second part, set twenty years later, you are completely hooked. It’s riveting stuff.