Donna Morrissey

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Donna Morrissey (born 1956 at The Beaches, Newfoundland) is a Canadian author.

At age 16 Morrissey left her birthplace, The Beaches, a small outport on the west coast of Newfoundland. She lived in various places of Canada before returning to St. John's where she studied at Memorial University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work, and a diploma in adult education. Morrissey now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Morrissey has written six prize-winning novelsKit's Law, the national best seller Downhill Chance, and Sylvanus Now — as well as one prize-winning screenplay.

Morrissey defended Frank Parker Day's novel Rockbound in Canada Reads 2005. Rockbound eventually won the competition. In the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, an "all-star" competition pitting the five winning advocates from previous years against each other, Morrissey returned to champion Anosh Irani's novel The Song of Kahunsha.


  • Kit's Law
  • Downhill Chance
  • Sylvanus Now
  • What They Wanted
  • The Deception of Livvy Higgs
  • The Fortunate Brother


  • Clothesline Patch (screenplay)

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