The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

E. Annie Proulx ( gives us the character of Quoyle, a hack journalist, whose wife Petal leaves him and is shortly after killed in a car accident. He moves with his two young daughters to his ancestral home in Newfoundland in search of a new beginning. This novel of 1993 deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize and The U.S. National Book Award.

Lasse Hallstrom treated us all to a glorious 2001 film adaptation ( with Kevin Spacey as Quoyle, Julianne Moore as Wavey Prowse, and Judi Dench as Agnis Hamm. Spacey’s performance is particularly impressive as the down-at-heel and broken Quoyle.

368 pages in Sage Publications paperback edition.

ISBN 978-1857022421


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