Yes, this is an older book and many of you have probably read it already. And that’s okay because you get the pleasure of reading it again. And if you haven’t read it, you now have a great excuse to pick up this multiple award winner. That’s right, this book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994, the National Book Award for Fiction in 1993, and more.
I tried (and failed) to summarize this myself (it’s been years and years since I read it and all I really remember is that I loved it) so instead I’m sharing the summary from GoodReads:
When Quoyle’s two-timing wife meets her just deserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle’s struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons–and the unpredictable forces of nature and society–he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.
We will be doing promo posts during the month of February and our online discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm. I hope you will join us and read The Shipping News.