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The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  

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I have never met anyone who has read E Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News and not fallen in love with it. It has an odd cast of characters, awkward, bruised, unnoticed and failed. Without a drop of sentimentality, it is a miracle of storytelling.’

The Lovereading view...

This novel has become a modern classic and deservedly so. Telling the story of Quoyle, who on the death of his wife moves the farthest reaches of Newfoundland. Tear and laughter abound in this story of a man trying to piece his life back together in the harsh but beautiful backdrop of Newfoundland. If you have yet to discover the joys of this novel rush and buy your copy now.

If you like Annie Proulx you might also like to read books by Alistair MacLeod, Barbara Kingsolver and Louise Erdrich.

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Synopsis

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx's highly acclaimed, international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Quoyle is a hapless, hopeless hack journalist living and working in New York. When his no-good wife is killed in a spectacular road accident, Quoyle heads for the land of his forefathers -- the remotest corner of far-flung Newfoundland.

With 'the aunt' and his delinquent daughters -- Bunny and Sunshine -- in tow, Quoyle finds himself part of an unfolding, exhilarating Atlantic drama. 'The Shipping News' is an irresistible comedy of human life and possibility.

Reviews

`A very impressive achievement. So funny, so full of delights.
Guardian

`As stark and ruggedly beautiful as the storm-battered coast of Newfoundland itself.
Sunday Telegraph

`Ambitious and accomplished...The characterisation is rich, the dialogue both original and convincing.
Alan Massie, Scotsman

`A stunning novel.
Observer

`To read The Shipping News is to yearn to be sitting in The Flying Squid Lunchstop, eating seal fin curry, watching the icebergs clink together in the bay.
The Times

About the Author

Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honours include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story Brokeback Mountain, which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She lives in Seattle

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Book Info

Publication date

1st August 1994

Author

Annie Proulx

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781857022421

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