Monday, May 31, 2010
THE BISHOP'S MAN by Linden MacIntyre (2009)
Set in the mid-1990s on Cape Breton, THE BISHOP'S MAN gives an insider's perspective from RC priest Duncan McAskill who has been used by the bishop of Antigonish to clean up previous messes, by which, I mean abuse scandals.
Father McAskill moves back to a small community in which he was raised and quickly comes to appreciate the generosity and forthright approach of the local folks. Young Danny, however, seems to have troubles beyond what appear on the surface.
MacIntyre's timely novel that won last year's Giller Prize does not pussy foot around the legacy of sexual abuse which currently rocks the foundation of the RC church, especially in eastern Canada. It is an important story that is written in haunting prose.