Nominated by:

Saint John Free Public Library, New Brunswick, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Cape Breton University Press, Canada

A Possible Madness

Frank Macdonald      

2013 Longlist

Like many smallish and inelegant towns that dot the coastlines and crossroads of this country, Shean’s postwar, post-industrial economy is in desperate disrepair, and the lengths that some civic leaders will go to in order to do “what’s best” for a town like Shean sometimes requires a leap of faith that has unintended consequences.

When a global corporation plans a daring scheme to exploit the remaining coal from an improbable source – and thus to secure Shean’s economic future – politicians try to marginalize the few voices of dissent.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Frank Macdonald is the award-winning author of A Forest for Calum, long-listed for the 2007 IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award. A long-time and award-winning columnist, Macdonald is an accomplished writer of short stories, drama, poetry and songs. His humorous, often satirical columns in the Inverness Oran have twice been anthologized; Assuming I’m Right in 1990 became a stage production that has toured Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada. His play Her Wake won Best Canadian Play at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in 2010 and, also in 2010, he authored T.R.’s Adventure at Angus the Wheeler’s, a children`s book, illustrated by Virginia McCoy. Frank lives in Inverness, Cape Breton. A Possible Madness is his second novel.

Librarian’s Comments

Engages the reader from start to finish. Combines the moving language of a poet, the research of a journalist and the sensitivity of a novelist. Carefully crafted, unforgettable characters & compelling view of a village in crisis create universal messages about the meaning of community. Nominated for Dartmouth Book Award.

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