(From the publisher):
The story of Moranna MacKenzie, a woman who lives alone in a Cape Breton farmhouse, fighting the symptoms of mental illness and still grieving the loss of her two daughters, who were taken from her over thirty years previously.
Moranna is known in the community as "Mad Mory"; she plays complicated concerti on a piano board, sings -- she has perfect pitch -- bakes bread and carves wooden replicas of her Scottish ancestors to sell to tourists. She doesn't often go to church, but takes it upon herself to write the odd, opinionated sermon for the church minister. Because she refuses to have a phone, her brother Murdoch must periodically drive out of his way to assist her when she gets into scrapes with the law, usually for erratic or threatening behaviour.
When he's not working on the ferries between Cape Breton and Newfoundland, Moranna's lover, Bun, lives with her. These two aging misfits ask only to be left alone to live as they choose. But when Moranna learns that one of her long-lost daughters is to be married in Halifax, she is determined to be there. Her other daughter will likely be in attendance as well. Will either of them recognize her? Will they be happy to see her? And will Moranna stay sane enough not to cause a scene?
Original title: An Audience of Chairs
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Tragedy And Loss
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Mental Illness