The Innocents The Innocents

The Innocents

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Publisher Description

*FINALIST FOR THE 2019 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
*FINALIST FOR THE 2019 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD
*FINALIST FOR THE 2019 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE
*WINNER OF THE 2020 THOMAS RADDALL ATLANTIC FICTION AWARD
*NATIONAL BESTSELLER

*NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY The Globe and Mail • CBC • Toronto Star • Maclean's

Crummey's novel has the capacity to change the way the reader sees the world
—Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation 

From bestselling, award-winning author Michael Crummey comes a sweeping, heart-wrenching, deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world.

A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them.

As they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.

This novel is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
August 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Doubleday Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
3.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Nicki nickname ,

The Innocents

This is a dark, sad read but a good book that is well written. There is a strange a dance of child-like innocence while coming of age and losing of innocence in the face ignorance. It leaves the reader with little opportunity to feel that there is much hope for happiness. The main characters are simple and complex at the same time. They are fierce survivors and possess raw inner wisdom. Ada has a more sophisticated level of wisdom and bravery than her brother. It is interesting to explore the levels of isolation experienced and observe the construct of their understanding of their worlds.

Smoosh room ,

Great Canadian Fiction

Excellent story and beautifully written.

rv_may ,

A fabulous read

From the tilt to the store, I was drawn in to the imagery and setting. Likeable characters and a suspenseful plot kept me reading. Wonderful read.

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