In 1970 a group of hippies wash up on the shores of Cape Breton, hilariously unequipped to meet the challenges of pioneering life. Forty years later, a new doctor coaxes her asthmatic K-Car across the causeway en-route to her first job at a small clinic in Baddeck. The Promised Land humorously navigates the ebb and flow of island life where things go from better to worse to oh-my-goodness.
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About the Author
Bill Conall grew up in Ontario and lived for several years each in Saskatoon and British Columbia, before moving to Cape Breton. He is an acoustic musician, composer and writer. Most of his songs are strongly visual, so it is not surprising that his performances also feature the presentation of bits of poetry, along with artfully-told original stories. To date, he has recorded two albums of original music.Bill describes himself as “an occasional victim of poetry”. His short fiction has been published in several Canadian magazines, and in the anthology Shorelines. His first book, The Rock in the Water (Hidden Book Press), was published in 2009, and shortlisted for the 2010 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Recently his short story The Iceberg Galley appeared in the anthology “The Men’s Breakfast”, Breton Books, 2011.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Promised Land: a novel of Cape Breton based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I read it once so far, but I'm certain it won't be the last time. I like the characters and the way that the grandchildren of the hippies from the first part of the book show up again in the second part. Cape Breton sounds like a fine place to live.
The Promised Land follows the trials and tribulations of a group of 1970s hippies as they try to go "back to the land" in Cape Breton. In what is sure to become one of the quintessential Cape Breton stories, Bill Conall writes with humour and generosity about people, shared values, and the give and take of community life. Funny, quirky, and touching, this is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever lived in a small community - or aspired to do so!