Photo of St. Anthony, Newfoundland, by Big K of Justice used under a Creative Commons license.
E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News (Scribner, 1993).
Quoyle, miserable, widowed by an unfaithful wife and no success as a writer, flees New York with his aunt and his two young daughters for the land of his ancestors, the fishing town of Killick-Claw in Newfoundland, where he finds a second chance in writing “Shipping News,” a newspaper column of local goings-on. Killick-Claw (which apparently bears a resemblance to St. Anthony) is often cold and grey, but Quoyle warms to it, and it to him. Life on the Newfoundland coast is hard, but Quoyle and his family find a redeeming resilience and community. Winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Sara Rimer profiled Proulx in The New York Times after the book won the Pulitzer Prize. Via Marilyn Babineau, Stuart Pierson’s review in Newfoundland Studies suggests that Proulx’s portrayal Newfoundland is a little off. Here are reviews and reactions from: Judi Clark (Mostly Fiction), Margaret Gunning (January Magazine), The DJ (Bibliofemme), Maia, Judith Handschuh (bookreporter.com), Michelle, Sheila O’Malley, Howard Dratch (Blogcritics), Songcatchers, Joyce, Marie Javet, Jen, Shriram Krishnamurthi, Trish, Fiona Glass, Leslie, Vishweshwer Mangalapalli, All About PhD, King Rat, the duck thief, and La La Palooza. Orrin Judd disagrees with his mother about the book. And the Atlantic Unbound‘s Katie Bolick interviewed Proulx in 1997.