Joan Clark
Road to Bliss


Road to Bliss by Joan ClarkSet against the vividly described Prairies in the heart of a cloistered religious sect, this is a gripping novel from a beloved Canadian author.

Fifteen-year-old Jim Hobbs, alienated from life in Toronto, hitchhikes to the Prairies on a whim, where he finds shelter in an abandoned farmhouse. There, he encounters his neighbours, members of Majestic Farm, a group that abides by an old-fashioned, ultra-conservative set of rules enforced by their ruthless pastor. When Miriam, one of the pastor’s daughters, secretly befriends Jim, they must hide their blossoming love for one another — or face terrifying consequences.

In helping Miriam to escape her religious imprisonment on the farm, Jim must risk everything.

Praise for Joan Clark’s Road to Bliss:

“(4 out of 4 stars) I recommend Road to Bliss for a broad audience, including adults, because of its interesting themes, as well as its compelling narrative which hooks the reader right down to the lovely and wistful last sentence.” —CM Magazine

Genre/Category: YA fiction
Length: 256 pp
Setting: Canada

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Joan Clark
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  Joan Clark is the multiple-award-winning author of several novels, short story collections for adults and novels for young readers. Her last adult novel, Latitudes of Melt, was nominated for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2001 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, Canada-Caribbean, and was a New York Times Notable Book. She was born and raised in the Maritimes and lived in western Canada before settling in St. John’s, Newfoundland.