The Bay of Love and Sorrows

Publisher: Anchor Canada
From David Adams Richards, one of Canada's finest writers, The Bay of Love and Sorrows is an unflinching story of ambition and betrayal. The novel begins as the once-strong friendship between Michael Skid, the privileged young son of a judge from town, and farmhand Tommie Donnerel collapses under the weight of a bitter misunderstanding. As Michael sets out to prove something to himself and others, he becomes drawn into the company of the beautiful and determined Madonna Brassaurd and her brother, Silver, and together the three are soon seduced by the glamour of Everette Hutch, a charismatic but violent man. Bridging the decent world of Tommie Donnerel and the darker realm of the Brassaurds and Everette Hutch is Karrie Smith, whose deep longing for a more exciting life makes her especially vulnerable to a world she does not completely understand.

Now a major motion picture from Odeon Films, starring Jonathan Scarfe, Joanne Kelly, Christopher Jacot, Elaine Cassidy, Zachary Bennett, Torquil Campbell, Rhonda McLean and Peter Outerbridge as Everette.


"In The Bay of Love and Sorrows, one of the world's finest web-spinners crafts a superb and riveting yarn guaranteed to satisfy readers craving an unforgettable fictional feast." -- The Toronto Star

"Thoroughly engrossing... the eloquent spareness of the prose and the speed with which events unfold is breathtaking." -- The Globe and Mail

“His novels will make you cry, not for the sadness of it all… not for the pain of loss, but for the beauty of it all, the tragic and comic beauty.” -- Sheldon Currie, author of The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (filmed as Margaret’s Museum)

“The deft, understated artistry with which Richards conveys his vision is exhilarating.…” -- Maclean’s

“How can one not feel anything but immense gratitude for such powerful work of the literary imagination.” -- Eric Tretheway, The Fiddlehead

“It’s his voice, really, which mesmerizes. Few writers have so distinct an ululation, so hypnotic a cry, so intoxicating a lament. When David Adams Richards writes, narration fuses with incantation.…” -- Vancouver Sun

“I predict that a century from now readers will discover in Richards’ novels and short stories the same heartbreaking treasures we find in the novels of Thomas Hardy.” -- Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"His voice is one of the most powerful and necessary to be found in Canadian fiction today.” -- Ottawa Citizen