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Publisher Description

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Galore comes another unforgettable novel. By turns darkly comic and heartbreakingly sad, Sweetland is a deeply suspenseful story about one man's struggles against the forces of nature and the ruins of memory.
     For twelve generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won't be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay alone on an island.
     That coot is Moses Sweetland. Motivated in part by a sense of history and belonging, haunted by memories of the short and lonely time he spent away from his home as a younger man, and concerned that his somewhat eccentric great-nephew will wilt on the mainland, Moses refuses to leave. But in the face of determined, sometimes violent, opposition from his family and his friends, Sweetland is eventually swayed to sign on to the government's plan. Then a tragic accident prompts him to fake his own death and stay on the deserted island. As he manages a desperately diminishing food supply, and battles against the ravages of weather, Sweetland finds himself in the company of the vibrant ghosts of the former islanders, whose porch lights still seem to turn on at night.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
August 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Doubleday Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
6.9
MB

Customer Reviews

rfnixon ,

Sweet land

Lovely book beautifully written. characters real, funny, heartbreaking. setting magical

LMMgran ,

Sweetland

As a sense of place, that informs who a person is……there is no other like Newfoundland. Ghosts of an everyday, intense, demanding way of life, a man who can’t leave, a place that doesn’t want to be forgotten. A read like pulling the petals off a rose.Magic!

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