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The Shipping News (Fourth Estate 25th Anniv Edtn)

Proulx, Annie

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ISBN 10: 0007308817 / ISBN 13: 9780007308811
Published by Fourth Estate
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0007308817 Limited edition, 2009, #1135 of 2,000 copies. Bit of coffee ring on upper right corner of front of DJ. Hardcover with dust jacket, very good condition, light wear to corners and edges, clean text, satisfaction guaranteed. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973. Bookseller Inventory # SKU20152122

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Title: The Shipping News (Fourth Estate 25th Anniv ...

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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A darkly comic portrait of human life and possibility. Quoyle is a hopeless hack journalist working in New York. When his two-timing wife dies in a road accident, he retreats to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland where he must confront the unpredictable forces of nature and society.

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This darkly comic, wonderfully inventive work, winner of the 1993 National Book Award, transforms the lore of Newfoundland--including shipwrecks, nautical knot-tying, horrid weather and family legend--into brilliant literary art. It is the story of the rebirth of Quoyle, a hulking, inarticulate, misery-ridden widower who flees upstate New York to take up residence in Newfoundland. The island of his forebears, Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx lovingly recreates this hardscrabble location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. Quoyle, a "third-rate newspaperman," makes a hit with his "Shipping News" column, while his anguish at the loss of his faithless wife is slowly transformed by the strengthening ties that bind him to the place and to his fellow Newfoundlanders.

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