The Fortunate Brother

Donna Morrissey

You remember what I says. You’re the fortunate one. You still gets to be with us for a bit longer. The other one—well, he’s watching on, somewhere
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A rich and compelling novel about murder in a claustrophobic Newfoundland community from bestselling and award-winning novelist Donna Morrissey

The Fortunate Brother is a dark, atmospheric and compelling novel about the aftermath of a murder in a claustrophobic rural community in Newfoundland. When a body is found in the lake suspicion falls on the troubled Now family. As the mystery unfolds other, far deeper, secrets are revealed. Compassionate and wise, beautiful and brutal, The Fortunate Brother is the story of a family and a community in turmoil and confirms Donna Morrissey’s place as one of Canada’s foremost storytellers.


“This novel gives all of the pleasure of a first-rate murder mystery, but its memorable characters and sublime language make The Fortunate Brother one of the very best novels I have read in years”
Ron Rash, Author Of Serena

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“Donna Morrissey is one of Canada’s finest writers. And this novel might very well be her most powerful to date … I can’t recommend this book highly enough”
Joseph Boyden, Author Of Three Day Road


Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of five novels - Kit’s Law, Downhill Chance, Sylvanus Now, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, What They Wanted, and The Deception of Livvy Higgs - as well as the Gemini Award-winning screenplay Clothesline Patch. Morrissey grew up in The Beaches, a small fishing outport in Newfoundland, and now lives in Halifax, Canada.