Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Goody Bledsoe Book Signing June 9, 2 PM Chapters Fredericton

Heather Doherty, AKA Conor's mom, will be signing copies of her book "Goody Bledsoe" this Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 pm at the Chapters book store, Regent Mall, Fredericton.

Some comments on Goody Bledsoe:

“Heather Doherty has written an exceptionally moving and brilliant first novel, a startlingly permanent novel that must be read.”

- David Adams Richards

"The storytelling is not trendy but traditional, even universal.
It is not dissimilar to the works of David Adams Richards, and
like them, the story is an engaging and a moving one."

- reviewed by TISH PACEY

The Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, March 17, 2007

Goody Bledsoe and her little brother have been on her aunt and uncle's New Brunswick farm just three days. In the face of Aunt Jackie's drill-sergeant authority, it's the pigs and Uncle Nathan who offer the warmer glimpse of a world that might be called home. By this point (20 pages in), there has already been ample cause for tears, none of them quite spilling.

The emotional control of Goody and her terminally ill mother is also their author's containment. Sadness brims, but is held in check by Doherty's ironies. I was hooked.

JIM BARTLEY, Globe and Mail, April 14, 2007

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