The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Written in short sentences. Jarring. Makes it hard to become absorbed. Easy to skip ahead a few lines. Won’t miss anything if the sentences are so short. But I probably did. Since I can’t understand why this book won the Pulitzer Prize.



At thirty-six, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just deserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle’s struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, Quoyle confronts his private demons – and the unpredictable forces of nature and society – and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.