Quill and Quire Review of “A Blessed Snarl”

Posted: November 16, 2012 in A Blessed Snarl
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Quill and Quire Review

by Alex Good

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad,” the poet tells us. This sad fact of life is comprehensively borne out by Samuel Thomas Martin’s debut novel. Set in Newfoundland, it tells the story of several generations of families entangled in a damaging human “snarl.”

Patrick, a Pentecostal preacher, has recently returned home, in part to patch things up with his father. Patrick’s wife, Anne (herself a preacher’s daughter), horrified at the prospect of a long sentence on the Rock, runs back to Ontario. Their separation messes with the mind of their son, Hab, whose girlfriend, Natalie, lives with Gerry, an English Lit student and aspiring author whose father is a pedophile – another piece of family history with tragic repercussions. Rounding things out is River, another product of a dysfunctional background.

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