Sweetland (Hardcover)

By Michael Crummey

Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871407900, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 19, 2015

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Description

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package--the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters. Evoking The Shipping News, Michael Crummey--one of Canada's finest novelists--conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland's past amid a stormbattered landscape haunted by local lore. As in his critically acclaimed novel Galore, Crummey masterfully weaves together past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man's battle to survive as his environment vanishes around him.

Winner of Newfoundland Book Award

Short-listed for the Governor's General Award

Winner of the CBC Bookie Award for Fiction

Finalist for the Winterset Prize



About the Author

MICHAEL CRUMMEY is the author of a memoir, "Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation," three books of poetry including "Arguments with Gravity," winner of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry, and a book of short stories "Flesh & Blood." His first novel, "River Thieves," was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize; and his second novel "The Wreckage" was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, "Galore," won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.