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The Shipping News

by Annie Proulx

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.

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

‘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

‘A stunning novel.’ Observer

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

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

#37 in ABC My Favourite Book 

About Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx published her first novel Postcards in 1991 at the age of 56. The Shipping News won the Pulitzer, the National Book Award and the Irish Times International Prize. Her third novel, Accordian Crimes, was published in 1996. She is also the author of three short-story collections, Heart Songs (1994), Close Range (1999) and Bad Dirt (2004). Brokeback Mountain was made into an Oscar-winning film in 2005.

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