“Crummey takes readers into the heart of the insular fishing community of Chance Cove, Sweetland Island, Newfoundland. Sixty-eight-year-old Moses Sweetland's family founded the town, and he is the only holdout when the government offers the residents a generous cash settlement to relocate to the mainland, that is effective only if everyone signs on. Told in sparse, beautiful prose with generous helpings of the local dialect, Sweetland is a requiem for the intimate knowledge of place that a transient society can just barely remember.”
— Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
About the Author
MICHAEL CRUMMEY is the author of a memoir, "Newfoundland: Journey into a Lost Nation," three books of poetry including "Arguments with Gravity," winner of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry, and a book of short stories "Flesh & Blood." His first novel, "River Thieves," was a finalist for the 2001 Scotiabank Giller Prize; and his second novel "The Wreckage" was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His third novel, "Galore," won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.