From the author of the best-selling, Giller-nominated River Thieves comes a heartbreaking and masterful collection of short fiction.
With uncommon elegance and compassion, Michael Crummey has created a community of exiles, characters estranged from their home, from their families or, just as often, from themselves. Set largely in the small Newfoundland mining town of Black Rock, but straying as far west as Vancouver and as far east as China, these stories are subtle, stark portrayals of people alternately looking for or trying desperately to escape their place in the world.
A young boy confuses love and allegiance, then stumbles into the complexities of adulthood; a brother and sister fall in love with the same woman; a frustrated wife protests her husband?s neglect by going on strike with the miners? union; a lover?s drug habit reunites a woman with the sister she has lost.
Anchor Books is proud to publish an expanded edition of Michael Crummey?s brilliant collection Flesh and Blood, which includes three original stories written just for this edition. Graceful, affecting, and generous of spirit, these stories are unforgettable.
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Set in the mining town of Black Rock in central Newfoundland, the stories in Michael Crummey's Flesh and Blood touch on the lives of a number of families in different time periods. It's unusual to find Newfoundland fiction that makes minimal reference to fishermen or the sea, but the air in Black Rock doesn't smell of salt so much as rock dust. "Serendipity" is a story about love and love lost, and is a fine portrait of a boy's relationship with his apparently lucky father. "Diaspora" is a touching story about Karen, a girl so depressed by the wrangling of her parents that she decides she will never love. She eventually falls for a Chinese immigrant, however, and what she learns about her parents' relationship after her mother's death teaches her all she needs to know about the possibilities of love.
Though there is plenty of love, death, longing, and heartbreak in the stories, Crummey (River Thieves) manages to avoid sentimentality through earthy humor and a sharp eye for detail and striking similes, as in this view of Cabot Tower on Signal Hill in St. John's: "The stone tower was floodlit with stark white light, as if the building was being subjected to some relentless interrogation." Above all, Crummey creates characters that are fully human. He also knows when to stop: in story after story, he finds the perfect culmination, the line that explains just enough but not too much. A fine collection. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.caAbout the Author:
Michael Crummey is the author of two books of poetry: Arguments with Gravity (Quarry, 1996) and Hard Light (Brick, 1998). In 1995 he won the inaugural Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry. His first published story was runner-up in the 1994 Prism International short fiction competition. His stories have appeared in Malahat, Prism International, Prairie Fire, Quarry, Blood & Aphorisms and TickleAce. Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland, growing up there and near the Quebec border in Wabush, Labrador. He now lives in Kingston, Ontario where he works for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at Queens University.
Flesh & Blood contains thirteen linked stories set in the mining town of Black Rock, Newfoundland, where the dust clears on a people undeniably altered by what lies beneath a foreboding surface. In a perfect blend of humour, miracle and truth, Crummey portrays men and women scattered across the country who return in duty or in faith to the origin of it all-a place which has set into motion a series of betrayals, secrets and misdemeanors that continue to haunt them. They inspire not so much for their hardiness as for their persistence, for the tenacity they display in blundering through, or gracefully recovering, the joy and redemption that is surely theirs.
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Book Description Beach Holme Pub Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2696674861
Book Description Beach Holme Pub Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2717909596
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Book Description Beach Holme Publishing (Porcepic), 1998. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Canadian (and true first) Edition (first printing). The first fiction book by the poet and author of RIVER THIEVES, a short story collection. Fine in pictorial wraps as issued but for very slight rubbing to the rear cover. Signed by Crummey on the title page. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 72711
Book Description Beach Holme Publishing, Vancouver, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. Canadian First. First edition stated on the verso of the title page; a solid, clean, unread copy in collectable condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000542
Book Description Beach Holme Publishing Limited, Vancouver, 1998. Soft cover. 1st Edition. First edition in trade paperback. Signed by Mr. Crummey on the title page. True first. Very light bump to bottom rear corner otherwise Fine. Signed by Author(s). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 44652
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Book Description Beach Holme Publishing, Vancouver, 1998. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 1st printing of the first Canadian edition of the author's first book of fiction SIGNED by Crummey on the title page. A square and tight copy of the trade paper original in card covers. Ghost of pencil erasure at top edge of half title page. The heel of the spine shows mild wear. The top and bottom corners of the back cover are bent softly and beginning to fray at the tip. Also available from this bookseller are autographed Canadian first printings of River Thieves and Galore by Michael Crummey. Canadian orders will be charged GST. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 000073
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