Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A novel about what happens when we view our neighbours as "The Other" and the transformative power of unlikely friendships; Our Daily Bread is inspired by the true story of the Goler Clan of Nova Scotia.

The God-fearing people of Gideon shun the Erskine Clan, who have lived on North Mountain in poverty, secrecy and isolation, believing their neighbours to be beyond salvation. "That's the mountain," they say. "What do you expect from those people?"

Yet in both groups nearly everyone has secrets and nothing is as it seems.

On the mountain, Albert Erskine dreams of a better and safer life for his younger brothers and sisters. He lives by his code: "You keep your secrets to yourself and you keep your weaknesses a secret and your hurts a secret and your dreams you bury double deep."

In town, young Ivy Evans is relentlessly bullied by her classmates. Though her father, Tom, is a well-liked local, his troubled marriage to a restless outsider is a source of gossip. As rumors and innuendo about the Evans family spread, Ivy seeks refuge in Dorothy Carlisle, an independent-minded widow who runs a local antique store.

When Albert ventures down the mountain and seizes on the Evanses' family crisis as an opportunity to befriend Ivy's vulnerable teenage brother, Bobby, he sets in motion a chain of events that changes everything.

Publisher: La Grande, Or. : Wordcraft of Oregon, 2011.
ISBN: 9781443413824
9781877655722
Branch Call Number: DAV
Characteristics: 255 p.

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coatestm
Jun 28, 2015

Incredibly written, I couldn't put this book down. Davis succeeds in describing the intolerable acts society will ignore when we take on an attitude of 'us' and 'them'.

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Roxannigan
Oct 08, 2014

Well written and engrossing. Frightening to think people like this really exist.

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gvlee
Apr 07, 2014

A powerful and tragic story with a flawed and noble hero. Highly recommended.

mayfairlady Apr 26, 2013

excellent ..don't miss it!

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Archiedog
Feb 08, 2013

The stark reality of life on the mountain makes it hard at times to read through her amazing descriptive passages. The story however pulls you in and the ending is tense. A good read.

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SHAKTI DUGGAL
Jan 28, 2013

Awesome book! Loved the story and would recommend it to all. Gritty and raw .

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becker
Sep 11, 2012

This is a very good but tragic piece of fiction that is modeled around a real life situation in Nova Scotia in the 70's. You can't stop yourself from being pulled into the story or bonding with the characters. The ending is tense and the last 30 pages are impossible to put down.

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LASbookluvr
Apr 02, 2012

This was a great book! The relationships were unique and I loved how the plot and characters all connected.

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Sep 11, 2012

becker thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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