These characters live and breathe, are people we recognize from our own lives and are aspects of ourselves. Each of these main characters has secrets, and each feels apart from the others in their own way. I loved it, absolutely loved it, although there were a few gritty parts that, although necessary for the power of this wonderful story, left me deft me disturbed and putting the book down for the night a little earlier than I had expected. That summer a lady who owned a little antique shop near my house let me hang out around the store. It's about poverty, substance abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, ignorance, bullying, and other Thanks to GritLit Hamilton for introducing me to this amazing author.
More assholes in the world than angels. It is easy and they are more receptive to this than any other way. I felt I'd moved right into this small town with its gossip, betrayals, secrets, and prejudices. Soon Albert becomes a mentor to a young boy in town names Bobby Evans. My favourite paragraph is the very last one to appear on page 274.
Our Daily Bread is a place where all are welcome, where people whose lives are burdened by the hardships of the human condition are served with dignity and reverence. An elegant life was lived by immersion in the quotidian, by honouring creation with awareness. As we enter into prayer, this conversation and communion with God, and put our petitions before Him, pouring out our souls and our needs specifically, we see specific answers to our prayers. I was young at the time and purposely didn't follow the grisly case. He will not fail to provide it. A word of caution, although Lauren Davis spares the reader the most disgusting and mind numbing truths that came out with the Goler Clan, this book still contains horrific acts upon children that are disturbing to read. The story highlights how strongly society vetoes directly 'interfering' with parental behaviour towards their kids in all socio-economic levels.
You had to know when to use it, and when to keep it tucked up under your arm. Might just as well get used to it. Chilling, thought-provoking and beautifully written, Our Daily Bread revolves around Albert, a man struggling to break away from the family he was born into, a mountain clan where children are forced to grow up far too quickly. I will be thinking about him for a long time. He is complex, a very old soul in a young man, a young man who never been young.
I felt I'd moved right into this small town with its gossip, betrayals, secrets, and prejudices. The teacher was from away and therefore contacted the police and was lucky to reach an officer who was also from away and not so ready to ignore what was going on. He yearns for a better life, a way to distance himself from these woods, the elders, their secrets. It pulled me in from the first page and never let go. Donations are accepted seven days a week from 8 a.
Then he meets Albert and finds the big brother he never had. He Albert Erskine is one of the mountain people. A must read for anyone looking for a dark, tense, well-paced literary novel. By page 60 I had started underlining and making comments in the margins, expecting I would want to reread some of it. Gideon could be anywhere, really, and deep down we know that: somehow, this could happen to us. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to glimpse at life in the mountains - anywhere in North America, where stories similar and disturbingly familiar take place. He lived through the hell that serves for growing up in his clan.
The story takes its inspiration from the real-life tragedy of the Goler clan of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Bobby and his family also do not fit in among the religious town people. What do you all think? In the end, I headed over to Indigo to peruse the shelves. Albert Erskine is one of their clan, but he is far from comfortable in his own skin or theirs. Dorothy sees the righteousness attitude in her peers and tries to stay away from them.
I recommend this novel to everyone who appreciates an absorbing novel and loves words. Survival of the fittest, after all, is part of evolution. Usually I spend a lot of time choosing my book. Her horror was not of something red in tooth and claw, or even fist and blade. The Our Daily Bread hot lunch program, where we serve lunch 365 days a year to 500 to 1,000+ people, is well known throughout Baltimore.