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Sweetland

Michael Crummey

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An unforgettable novel, by turns darkly comic and heartbreakingly sad,

For twelve generations, the inhabitants of a remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement. They have each been offered a generous compensation package to leave the island for good. There s just one proviso: everyone must go.

Gradually, all of the residents surrender to the inevitable. All of the residents, that is, but one: old Moses Sweetland.

Motivated in part by a sense of history and belonging, and concerned that his somewhat eccentric great-nephew will wilt on the mainland, Moses resists the coercion of family and friends in order to hold onto the only place he s ever called home. As his options dwindle, Moses Sweetland concocts a scheme to remain the island s only living resident.

Cut off from the outside world, with the food supply diminishing and weather shredding away the last evidence of human habitation, Sweetland finds himself, finally, in the company of ghosts...

Written with incomparable emotional power and depth, Sweetland is a story about loyalty and courage, about the human will to persist even when all hope seems lost.

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Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey is an award-winning author of memoir, poetry, short stories, and three previous novels. His third novel Galore won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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