Saints of Big Harbour
By Lynn Coady
Published in 2003 by Anchor Canada
Originally published in 2002
Rating: 4 / 5
1982 starts well for Guy Boucher. But before long he feels the need to move to the town of Big Harbour to get away from his school, family life, and most of all “the supreme and utter retardation of my existence which mostly takes the form of Isadore”.
There are drinkers and fighting drunks and bitter ex-alcoholics, including those who attend the inappropriately named Alcoholics Anonymous program at the monastery. Isadore’s coaching helps Guy stand up for himself, and in the end he must stand up against Isadore in order to make something of his life. His survival of a hard adolescence makes for a heroism all his own.