For Twelve Generations, When The Fish Were Plentiful And When They All But Disappeared, The Inhabitants Of This Remote Island In Newfoundland Have Lived And Died Together Now, In The Second Decade Of The 21st Century, They Are Facing Resettlement, And Each Has Been Offered A Generous Compensation Package To Leave But The Money Is Offered With A Proviso Everyone Has To Go The Government Won T Be Responsible For One Crazy Coot Who Chooses To Stay Alone On An Island.That Coot Is Moses Sweetland Motivated In Part By A Sense Of History And Belonging, Haunted By Memories Of The Short And Lonely Time He Spent Away From His Home As A Younger Man, And Concerned That His Somewhat Eccentric Great Nephew Will Wilt On The Mainland, Moses Refuses To Leave But In The Face Of Determined, Sometimes Violent, Opposition From His Family And His Friends, Sweetland Is Eventually Swayed To Sign On To The Government S Plan Then A Tragic Accident Prompts Him To Fake His Own Death And Stay On The Deserted Island As He Manages A Desperately Diminishing Food Supply, And Battles Against The Ravages Of Weather, Sweetland Finds Himself In The Company Of The Vibrant Ghosts Of The Former Islanders, Whose Porch Lights Still Seem To Turn On At Night.
Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s He went to university with no idea what to do with his life and, to make matters worse, started writing poems in his first year Just before graduating with a BA in English he won the Gregory Power Poetry Award First prize was three hundred dollars big bucks back in 198 Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Crummey grew up there and in Wabush, Labrador, where he moved with his family in the late 1970s He went to university with no idea what to do with his life and, to make matters worse, started writing poems in his first year Just before graduating with a BA in English he won the Gregory Power Poetry Award First prize was three hundred dollars big bucks back in 1987 and it gave him the mistaken impression there was money to be made in poetry He published a slender collection of poems called Arguments with Gravity in 1996, followed two years later by Hard Light 1998 also saw the publication of a collection of short stories, Flesh and Blood, and Crummey s nomination for the Journey Prize.Crummey s debut novel, River Thieves 2001 was a Canadian bestseller, winning the Thomas Head Raddall Award and the Winterset Award for Excellence in Newfoundland Writing It was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the IMPAC Award His second novel, The Wreckage 2005 , was nominated for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award.Galore was published in Canada in 2009 A national bestseller, it was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Canada Caribbean , the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General s Award for fiction He lives in St John s, Newfoundland with his wife and three step kids
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- Michael Crummey
- 02 December 2018 Michael Crummey