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Michael Crummey

Biography

Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey is author of the 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 the short fiction collection FLESH & BLOOD. His first novel, RIVER THIEVES, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second novel, THE WRECKAGE, was 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. His fourth novel, SWEETLAND, was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent novel, THE INNOCENTS, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Michael Crummey

Books by Michael Crummey

by Michael Crummey - Fiction, Historical Fiction

A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them alive. Muddling through the severe round of the seasons, through years of meager catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.

by Michael Crummey - Fiction

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.