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The Shipping News

Proulx, Annie

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ISBN 10: 068419337X / ISBN 13: 9780684193373
Published by Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1993
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Signed by the author on the title page, book and jacket with minor wear, otherwise a fine copy. . Near Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 10000000002680

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Title: The Shipping News

Publisher: Scribner, Old Tappan, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

An unsuccessful newspaperman, his aunt, and his two young daughters experience delicately evoked changes in a poignant novel set in a Newfoundland fishing town. By the author of Postcards.

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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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