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April 2011 Indie Next List
“In his gripping novel, Crummey has created a world rich in mythology and folklore, populated by some of the most memorable characters I've ever been introduced to - from Judah, the man found alive in the belly of a whale beached on the shore of a Newfoundland fishing village, to Devine's Widow, a powerful woman whose first name has been lost to history. The language is beautiful, and the stories are compelling. A fascinating and memorable read.”
— Elizabeth Jordan, Book People, Austin, TX
Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us. This is Michael Crummey's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real. Remote and isolated, exposed to savage extremes of climate and fate, the people of Paradise Deep persist in a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to distinguish.
Propelled by the disputes and alliances, grievances and trade-offs that bind the Sellers and Devine families through generations, Galore is alive with singular characters, and an uncommon insight into the complexities of human nature.
"From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
Michael Crummey is the author of a memoir, Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation, three books of poetry, and a book of short stories, Flesh and Blood. His first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize, and his second, The Wreckage, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. "From the Hardcover edition."