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The Shipping News

Annie Proulx

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Honor Book:Book Sense Book of the Year Award -Adult (1995)
E. Annie Proulx focuses on a Newfoundland fishing town in a tale about a third-rate newspaperman and the women in his life-- his elderly aunt and two young daughters-- who decide to resettle in their ancestral seaside home. The transformation each of the character undergoes following move is profound. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, "The Shipping News" enlightens readers to the powers of E. Annie Proulx's storytelling genius and her expert evocation of time and place. She is truly one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: Jun 1st, 1994
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.40in - 5.50in - 0.85in - 0.65lb
  • EAN: 9780671510053
  • Categories: LiteraryClassicsHistorical - General

About the Author

Proulx, Annie: - Annie Proulx is the author of eleven books, including the novels The Shipping News and Barkskins, and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story "Brokeback Mountain," which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Fen, Bog, and Swamp is her second work of nonfiction. She lives in New Hampshire.

Praise for this book

Stephen Jones Chicago Tribune The Shipping News is that rare creation, a lyric page-turner.
Bruce Allen USA Today The writing is charged with sardonic wit -- alive, funny, a little threatening; packed with brilliantly original images...and, now and then, a sentence that simply takes your breath away.
Roz Spafford San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle Annie Proulx's stunning, big-hearted The Shipping News thaws the frozen lives of its characters and warms readers.