Bernice Morgan was born in preconfederate Newfoundland. She has worked for many years in public relations, first with Memorial University of Newfoundland, and later with Newfoundland Teachers’ Association. Many of her short stories have been published in small magazines, anthologies and school textbooks. The mother of two daughters and a son, she lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Random Passage, the 4-part television mini-series, based on her book, aired on CBC Television, beginning January 27, 2002.
Random Passageby Bernice Morgan
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Forced to flee England, the Andrews family books passage to a fresh start in a distant country, only to discover a barren, inhospitable land at the end of their crossing. To seventeen-year-old Lavinia, uprooted from everything familiar, it seems a fate worse than the one they left behind. Driven by loneliness she begins a journal. Random Passage satisfies the craving for those details that headstones and history books can never give: the real story of our Newfoundland ancestors, of how time and chance brought them to the forbidding shores of a new found land. It is a saga of families and of individuals; of acquisitive Mary Bundle; of charming Ned Andrews, whose thievery has turned his family into exiles; of mad Ida; of Thomas Hutchings, who might be an aristocrat, a holy man, or a murderer; and of Lavinia - who wrote down the truth and lies about them all. Random Passage has been adapted into a CBC miniseries and is now a national bestseller.
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Loved the book and the mini series. A must read.
Imagine my dismay when feeling that i was going to read a great book in the vein of Cape Random when upon opening the book it became evident that I WAS reading Cape random. why did they do that?
Bernice Morgans 'Random Passage' is a excellent book that captivates your body and soul. I loved the book and could relate to the dialects which took place, I could`nt put it down! A Excellent Read!!!!
As a 'Newfie' myself, I really respect Mrs. Morgan's point of view and authoritative writing style in this novel. It really shows what outport Newfoundland was like when it was being settled, and what so many Newefoundlanders are fighting to keep. If you haven't read this book, I strongly suggest that you do because it is a spectacular read even if you haven't even heard of Newfoundland.