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Strange Heaven

(1992)
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Strange Heaven is tearfully hilarious, as funny and appalling as reality. Bridget Murphy, almost eighteen, has come to Halifax from industrial Cape Breton, had her baby, and given it up for adoption. Transferred to the psych ward of the children's hospital, she's incarcerated with five seriously disturbed teenagers and a flock of wan children.

She's depressed, they say. Apathetic. Bridget is a bit detached, but Four South is peaceful compared with the chaos back home. Her grandmother, Margaret P., raves and prays from her bed, banging the wall with her bedpan. Bridget's parents, Robert and Joan, take care of her and her mentally handicapped son, Rollie. Joan tries to keep the lid on, but she's no match for Robert's wild profanity, Margaret's dementia, and Rollie's efforts to join the fray. Uncle Albert, a kind man who saves his eloquent wrath for outsiders, springs Bridget from the hospital for Christmas.

But home is more chaotic than ever, and she's sick of her boozy friends and the whining of the baby's father. She had half planned to hibernate at home till kingdom come, but it's become like a lurid movie she saw eons ago and she's forgotten the plot. Her future may be unclear, but she has a good idea of the direction it won't take.

    

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May 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Strange Heaven
Author(s): Lynn Coady
ISBN: 0-86492-617-0 / 978-0-86492-617-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strange Heaven
Author(s): Lynn Coady
ISBN: 0-385-65914-8 / 978-0-385-65914-7 (USA edition)
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December 1992 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Strange Heaven
Author(s): Lynn Coady
ISBN: 0-86492-320-1 / 978-0-86492-320-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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May 1998 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Strange Heaven
Author(s): Lynn Coady
ISBN: 0-86492-230-2 / 978-0-86492-230-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Heaven
Author(s): Lynn Coady
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA