Saints of Big Harbour by Lynn Coady
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
The setting for Saints of Big Harbour is small-town Cape Breton, NS in the early '80s. The main character is Guy Boucher - a teenage boy, being raised by his single-mother, who innocently finds himself in the middle of the small-town rumor mill.
The story is told from the point of view of many characters - Guy (of course); his overbearing, alcoholic uncle Isadore; Alison Mason, Guy's English teacher (and Isadore's drinking buddy); Corrine, the popular girl that Guy would like to have as his girlfriend; Pam, Corrine's best friend; and many others.
I'd have to say I liked this book, but certainly did not love it. The overall feel of the book I found to be a bit depressing. In the synopsis from the cover, "As the story unfolds, so does a rich and often funny portrait of a community...", and in reviews I've seen many references of "hilarious", but I did not find humor here. However, I did like Coady's style of writing, and found the way the story unfolded through the point of view of several characters to be interesting & kept me turning the pages.
This is my fourth book read for the 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge.