Kit's Law

Kit's Law

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In this powerful novel from one of the most gifted storytellers to emerge from Canada since Carol Shields, we find “all the old-fashioned virtues: a vivid sense of place, an intricate and suspenseful plot, and a feisty heroine whom we can’t help rooting for on every page” (Margot Livesey). Kit Pitman is fourteen and lives in a ramshackle cottage on the outer banks of Newfoundland, where isolation is all she knows. The only visitors are fogbound fishermen and an occasional young man brought ashore to keep the bloodlines clean. But Kit’s isolation is compounded by the mystery that surrounds her family and her illegitimate birth. Her mother, Josie, is mentally retarded and often runs wild among the clapboard houses that dot the shore. Meanwhile, her grandmother Lizzie staunchly guards them both from the disapproving glances pious townsfolk cast their way. But when Lizzie dies suddenly, Kit and her childlike mother are left vulnerable to life’s harsh realities and to unexpected dangers that repeatedly threaten to break them apart. A wrenching story ensues, as Morrissey depicts with exceptional grace the way the lines between mother and daughter in this unlikely relationship, although blurred, are deeply felt. Kit's Law is a novel of extraordinary, almost mythical power and marks the debut of an enormous new talent.

In this powerful debut novel from one of the most gifted storytellers to emerge from Canada since Carol Shields, we find “all the old-fashioned virtues: a vivid sense of place, an intricate and suspenseful plot, and a feisty heroine whom we can’t help rooting for on every page” (Margot Livesey). Kit Pitman is fourteen and lives in a ramshackle cottage on the outer banks of Newfoundland, where isolation is all she knows. The only visitors are fogbound fishermen and an occasional young man brought ashore to keep the bloodlines clean. But Kit’s isolation is compounded by the mystery that surrounds her family and her illegitimate birth. Her mother, Josie, is mentally retarded and often runs wild among the clapboard houses that dot the shore. Meanwhile, her grandmother Lizzie staunchly guards them both from the disapproving glances pious townsfolk cast their way. But when Lizzie dies suddenly, Kit and her childlike mother are left vulnerable to life’s harsh realities and to unexpected dangers that repeatedly threaten to break them apart. A wrenching story ensues, as Morrissey depicts with exceptional grace the way the lines between mother and daughter in this unlikely relationship, although blurred, are deeply felt. KIT'S LAW is a novel of extraordinary, almost mythical power and marks the debut of an enormous new talent.


Baker & Taylor
Living a reclusive and isolated existence with her mentally retarded mother and her grandmother in a ramshackle cottage on Newfoundland's outer banks, teenager Kit Pitman finds her life turned upside down by the death of her grandmother.

Baker
& Taylor

Living a reclusive and isolated existence with her mentally retarded mother and her grandmother in a ramshackle cottage on Newfoundland's outer banks, teenager Kit Pitman finds her life turned upside down by the death of her grandmother, leaving Kit and her childlike mother vulnerable to the harsh realities of life. A first novel. Reader's Guide. Original.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618109272
0618109277
Characteristics: 383 p. : 1 ill. ; 21 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

Built on the challenges and hardships faced by a child and her handicapped mother in a relatively isolated Newfoundland outpost, this is a powerful first novel. Widely acclaimed, both in her native Newfoundland and in the rest of the country, Morrissey has captured the spirit and dialect of her homeland in this touching work.

mooncat Dec 24, 2013

It took a few pages to get in to the book as the plot was a bit unusual as was the dialogue but once I did.......I loved it! The author is very talented and I will definitely read her other books.

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ali02
Aug 06, 2010

I love this book; the plot is so different, but also very authentic. It is extremely interesting but also incredibly emotional.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 06, 2010

This is a good book, but adults will appreciate it more. It's definitely not geared towards young audiences.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 06, 2010

Sexual Content: Some graphic scenes and a rape

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