This isn't a charming and idyllic story of island life. But Michael Crummey's tale of a rustic island community in Newfoundland, and it's equally rustic characters, will pull you in. The island's residents are grappling with the decision to take a government settlement and leave. The aging but still capable Sweetland is the only person who stubbornly refuses to move. Decades long secrets emerge in a town so small you wouldn't think secrets could be kept at all. I always enjoy reading Crummey, who I think of as the Garcia Marquez of Canada.
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 19th, 2015