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Sweetland: A Novel


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Michael Crummey is a poet and storyteller and the author of several critically acclaimed novels. His most recent book, Galore, won the Commonwealth Prize for Canada. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.


"Absorbing......[A]s Crummey's elegant prose and storytelling prowess make abundantly clear, no man is an island" -- William D. Cohan - New York Times Book Review
"An evocative portrait of a disappearing way of life, Sweetland is also a powerful rumination on what's lost in letting go of the past-and the sometimes-unbearable cost of trying to hold onto it. Michael Crummey's deceptively spare language perfectly matches the tiny island community at the novel's center: beneath the quiet surface, there's huge emotional depth and heart." -- Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You
"Beautifully capturing the wild, rugged landscape, Crummey has written a novel about love for the land one is from." -- Nicole Jones - Vanity Fair.com
"The latest novel by the Canadian Michael Crummey tells a slow-burning, ultimately moving story about a man and a town, both called Sweetland." -- John Williams - New York Times
"Masterful writing throughout." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Moses is a memorably strong-willed character... [Sweetland] also conveys the way that a sense of place is the product of relationships-among the living, with the dead, and, in Moses's case, arising from intimate connections to land and sea." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred review
"Michael Crummey's Sweetland is a beautiful prayer for a dying island and an elegy for the titular character, who is both haunted and haunting, besieged by ghosts and yet trying to stop himself from becoming one." -- Alexi Zentner, author of The Lobster Kings
"Wry, touching, and filled with insights into the modern human condition, Michael Crummey's spare and sturdy prose in Sweetland delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of a quirky island community forced to abandon their vanishing way of life. Ignoring government bribes and threats from his neighbors, the obstinate waterman Moses Sweetland defiantly chooses the isolation of his family home off the Newfoundland coast to become a present-day Robinson Crusoe: resourceful, irascible, wily, and wholly unforgettable." -- John Pipkin, author of Woodsburner
"Impetuous and imperious, Moses Sweetland is an extraordinary, beautifully realized character, and the supporting cast-including Queenie Coffin, a chain-smoking romance-novel addict who hasn't left her house in four decades; and the feral Priddle brothers, "Irish twins" born 10 months apart-are scarcely less so. But Sweetland, Crummey's finest novel yet, reaches its mythic and mesmerizing heights only after the others depart, leaving Moses-a Newfoundland Robinson Crusoe who even encounters a Friday-like dog-alone on his eponymous island, bracing for a bitter winter both seasonal and personal." -- Macleans
"Powerful...Crummey's novel is doggedly life-affirming." -- Sunday Times (London)

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