Sweetland: A Novel By Michael Crummey

Sweetland: A Novel

By Michael Crummey

  • Release Date: 2015-01-19
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
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Winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Fiction
Winner of the Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award
Finalist for the the BMO Winterset Award
Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award
An Audie Awards Finalist

The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland clings to the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline has finally reached a head, with the mainland government offering each islander a generous resettlement package— the only stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the island, is determined to refuse. As one by one his neighbors relent, he recalls the town’s rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters. For fans of The Shipping News, Michael Crummey’s prose conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland’s past amid a storm-battered landscape haunted by local lore. In a spare style that belies “huge emotional depth and heart” (Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You), Crummey masterfully weaves together the past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man’s battle to survive as his world vanishes around him.