The Shipping News

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Scribner, Dec 1, 2001 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.

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User Review  - magicians_nephew - LibraryThing

I think it takes nerve to give your book the title The Shipping News. The shipping news is that dull stuff in the agate type in the last section of the paper that nobody reads -- right? LA PALOMA IN ... Read full review

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“The house was heavy around him, the pressure of the past filling the rooms like odourless gas.” Quoyle, a newspaper reporter from New York state moves to Newfoundland to escape after his promiscuous ... Read full review

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Annie Proulx won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1993 National Book Award for Fiction, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize for The Shipping News. Her articles and stories appear in many periodicals and anthologies. Ms. Proulx lives in Wyoming and Newfoundland.

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