Synopses & Reviews
When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces of nature and society -- he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.
A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.
About the Author
lives in Wyoming, but spends much of the year traveling North America. She has held NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships and residences at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Her short story collection, Heart Songs and Other Stories,
appeared in 1988, followed in 1992 by Postcards,
which won the 1993 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Winner of the Chicago Tribune
Heartland Award, the Irish Times
International Fiction Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx has published the novels The Shipping News
in 1993 and Accordion Crimes
in 1996. Her most recent work, Close Range,
a book of short stories set in Wyoming, appeared in 1999.