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From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.
In centuries past, a brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated outport cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to help them survive.
Muddling through the severe round of the seasons, through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.
The Innocents is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.
'Michael Crummey writes like an avenging angel, never putting a word wrong' - Emma Donoghue, author of Room
'A wonderfully provocative and insightful book' - Kevin Powers, author of Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins
'Set aside whatever you’re reading and pick this up—The Innocents is a masterpiece' - Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek
'Engrossing and beautifully written... The Innocents is a work of lyrical naturalism dressed as an allegory' - Jon Michaud, Washington Post