Canada suffered its worst hurricane to date on August 27, 1927. Newfoundland was caught unaware, and the fishermen of tiny Fox Harbor were hard at work pursuing dwindling schools of cod. The wooden sloops might have survived in deep, sheltered water, but the crews were fishing the rocky banks and shoals near Placentia Bay. The unnamed hurricane, remembered as Thursday’s Storm, devastated both Newfoundland’s southern coast and the cod fleet.
When the Annie Healy sank with all hands, everyone in the tightly-knit fishing village lost a father, husband, brother, or friend. Sixty-six years later, children of those men shared family memories of the tragedy with Darrell Duke, a Placentia Bay author. Duke transformed those interviews into a song, a play, and now Thursday’s Storm.
This historical novel movingly depicts the loss of the Annie Healy, as well as the hardscrabble lives of Fox Harbor’s inhabitants, much of it in the villagers’ own words. I wish that Thursday’s Storm had included a map and a list of characters, but this entertaining book will take you back a century and immerse you in a vanishing world, and also in the cold Atlantic water along with the crew of the Annie Healy.