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Sweetland
Sweetland | Michael Crummey
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From the award-winning, bestselling author of Galore comes another unforgettable novel. By turns darkly comic and heartbreakingly sad, Sweetland is a deeply suspenseful story about one man's struggles against the forces of nature and the ruins of memory. For twelve generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won't be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay alone on an island. That coot is Moses Sweetland. Motivated in part by a sense of history and belonging, haunted by memories of the short and lonely time he spent away from his home as a younger man, and concerned that his somewhat eccentric great-nephew will wilt on the mainland, Moses refuses to leave. But in the face of determined, sometimes violent, opposition from his family and his friends, Sweetland is eventually swayed to sign on to the government's plan. Then a tragic accident prompts him to fake his own death and stay on the deserted island. As he manages a desperately diminishing food supply, and battles against the ravages of weather, Sweetland finds himself in the company of the vibrant ghosts of the former islanders, whose porch lights still seem to turn on at night.
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AccioAlltheBooks
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Heartbreaking and lovely, this novel is one that will stay with me for awhile. Moses Sweetland had me at turns laughing, crying, and on the edge of my seat. He reminded me of my best friend‘s beloved Papa, whose favorite phrase was “Gawd Dammit!” I loved how his history was interspersed with current events on the island, and Crummey‘s beautiful prose kept the mundaneness of Sweetland‘s daily tasks bright and interesting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Jess
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I cannot wait for this one to come out. I LOVE Sweetland.

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A novel set on an island off the coast of Newfoundland that the government wants to resettle, but first Moses has to agree, and he's not going anywhere....

Bookishthoughts Oooo. I like it. 13mo
Lindy I was guessing that you would enjoy this. I did too. 😊 13mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy hard to beat anything from Newfoundland honestly 13mo
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monalyisha
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My current audiobook is nearing the end, so I requested a slew of new titles to choose from. I‘ve somehow made it this far without listening to “Bossypants” or “The Glass Castle,” so those are on the list.

What should I listen to next? Anything that‘s not on my list that should be? (Note: Don‘t worry, I‘ve already listened to “Born a Crime”, “Shrill”, & “Yes, Please” - & I‘m almost done with “Ready Player One” 😉).

parttimedomestic Some of my favorites have been anything I have listened to by Jason Reynolds, and also 2y
2BR02B Have you listened to either of Jenny Lawson's books? Of those pictured above, I'd probably go with 2y
BethwithBooks I second the Jenny Lawson - and if you‘ve done Yes Please and will soon do Bossypants, I would recommend rounding it out with Rachael Dratch, Girl Walks into a Bar 2y
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monalyisha @BethwithBooks I‘ll add the Rachel Dratch! @2BR02B I tried “Furiously Happy” in print but couldn‘t get into it. Maybe I‘ll try her first one on audio? 2y
2BR02B @monalyisha Let's Pretend This Never Happened is definitely my fave of the two. 2y
monalyisha Oh, right! @Lisaw13 I forgot I wanted to listen to that one! Thank you! (edited) 2y
Lisaw13 I don't like a lot of books on audio except maybe memoirs, but I thought they did a great job with the audio for the Themis Files series 2y
Copwithabook Great choices. I really enjoyed Born with Teeth 2y
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emilyhaldi
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After living through generations together, residents of a small fishing island in Newfoundland are offered compensation by the government to leave. Everyone slowly accepts except for stubborn old Moses Sweetland... He is determined to be the #lasttoleave the island and hatches a plan to be able to stay behind. This book is a dark comedy and also a bit of a tragedy... So beautifully written.
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Pictured: me in my old apt reading this book 💙

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 2y
Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
GatheringBooks lovely photo of you! 2y
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Book_in_hands Great book, read for bookclub one year 2y
batsy Love the picture and the book sounds perfect for this. I've already stacked it, a definite #blameitonlitsy ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen Great choice & photo #bookmemories 💕 2y
RealLifeReading Great photo! 2y
RachelO Apparently I've already stacked this one too. Thanks for reminding me it exists 😆 2y
Mdargusch Love this! Stacking! (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola Do you just have random old pictures of you reading books? 2y
tammysue Great photo! 🌸👌🏻 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola if you must know, I believe this is the only one 💁🏻‍♀️ 2y
Cathythoughts Love the picture ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
JennyM Great photo @emilyhaldi! It‘s always good to see reading in action😉 2y
Becker I will second this pick. It is a great story.🙂 2y
TheLibrarian I still need to buy this and read it. Thinking your reading list will continue through May! 2y
DivineDiana For some mysterious reason, books about Newfoundland are surrounding me! Currently reading different books for two Book Clubs! But not this one! 😉 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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This book was so lovely! I read a review of it which referred to the story as a 'contemplation of extinction'. Such a perfect description. I've read a number of books about the relocation of remote fishing villages in Newfoundland (it's a genre, Crummey comedically references in the book) but this one was different. It was haunting, funny, sad, and a bit scary at times. This one will stay with me for awhile.

emilyhaldi Great review, I agree! Beautiful book ❤️ 2y
Vblancsbooks I just started this yesterday and love it! 2y
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I love how this book - a novel about a remote fishing community in Newfoundland - has the characters complaining about how the genre of novels set in rural NFLD are so unrealistic!

LeahBergen Isn‘t it great? 😆 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
BookHoarder32 Hitchcockian! 2y
batsy @BookHoarder32 Very! 🐦🐦🐦 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Next audiobook!

vlwelser I read his other book (tagged). It was good but weird. Let us all know how this one is. ☺ 2y
callielafleur @vlwelser This one is way less weird than Galore, which I also loved. 😁 2y
vlwelser @callielafleur good to know. Adding it to my wish list. 2y
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KarenUK
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#youreameanonemrgrinch I seem to be drawn to ‘grumpy old man fiction‘recently!
Moses Sweetland is laugh-out-loud funny, with his cussing and sarcasm, yet the story is unbearably sad at times. With compulsory re-location in place, and Moses the only hold out, its a story of unusual friendships, what family means, the importance of home and of one man's loneliness. Gorgeous prose capture the quirky islanders and their lives in this beautiful place.

Cinfhen Stacked!!!! 2y
Cinfhen Sending holiday love😘😘😘 2y
KarenUK @Cinfhen And to you Cindy 💕💕💕💕 2y
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Cinfhen I'm hoping to be back in Florida in March, hope we can meet up again 🤗 2y
Ddzmini I have a grumpy old man... he‘s not very old (48) but he‘s grumpy 😝 2y
KarenUK I‘d love that! @cinfhen 💕👍 2y
KarenUK @Ddzmini 😂💕👍 2y
emilyhaldi Great blurb!! Right on the mark- I loved this one ❤️ 2y
callielafleur I ❤️❤️❤️ this book. Michael Crummey is a beautiful writer. 2y
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Ange44
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It‘s coffee and reading time, before heading out for my first day of Christmas shopping.

Zelma Excellent way the start the day. I am doing the same, before heading out to the bookstore. (edited) 2y
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irre
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Bookmail is the best mail!! 😍😍

emilyhaldi I loved The Leavers and Sweetland!!! Enjoy ❤️ 2y
irre Great @emilyhaldi Can‘t wait to read them! 2y
Matilda Silver Sparrow is one of my all time favorite novels. 2y
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I'm struggling to get through his one. Its been on my TBR for ages and I was really excited about finally getting to it but I might have to put it aside and move on to the next book. I so seldom do that though. I feel such guilt about it! 😳😞

charl08 I found this took a while to warm up for me. 3y
BookishBlonde12 I felt the same way. 3y
Bookish_B @charl08 how many pages in would you say? 3y
Bookish_B @BookishBlonde12 did you finish it? 3y
BookishBlonde12 Lol nope. Not yet 😐 3y
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What a nice thing to see right away this morning! I knew I was close to 10,000 but I didn't think I'd catch it there exactly. 💃🏻

Suelizbeth Congrats! 🎉🎊🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
BkClubCare Wow! I still don't quite get how points are accumulated. I seem stuck at 6700. 😜 Congrats on you Litsy Abundance! 3y
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rubyslippersreads 🎉📚🎉📚🎉🎉🎉 3y
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 3y
BekahB Congrats!🎉🎉 3y
DuckOfDoom Congrats!!🎉🎉 3y
DGRachel Woohoo! 🎉🎉🍾🎉🎉 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🎈🎈🎉💕🎊 3y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
Wife Wow!🌹 3y
moranadatter Congrats!🎉🎂 3y
Gissy 👏👏👏👏📚📚📚❤️👍 3y
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BookishShelly
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1. Never 2. Tea 3. Fantasy 4. Evening since my reading time currently is after my son goes to bed. 5. Own a bookstore #bookishwouldyourather

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emilyhaldi
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I finished this book just in time for today's #resistance prompt.
This is a resonating book about an island off the coast of Newfoundland and the man who refuses to abandon it when the government offers relocation money to all residents. Moses Sweetland has a little bit of Ove in him ❤ and he broke my heart multiple times throughout the story.

#junetunz

LeahBergen Such a good read! 3y
Dogearedcopy I love the Ove comment! 3y
Cinfhen Sounds really good 😊 I love memoirs! Thanks for sharing & posting!!!! 3y
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emilyhaldi My bad @Cinfhen I think my wording made it sound like it's a memoir but it is fiction! Still good though 😊 3y
KarenUK I love this book... 💕 3y
Cinfhen No, it was probably me...it still sounds great & I see some of my favorite readers loved it as well 💕 3y
Reviewsbylola Never heard of it but sounds good. 3y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I bought it from Book Outlet and then saw that it was one of Liberty's favorite book of 2015 so I moved it up on my tbr!! 3y
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Suzze
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One of the faraway places I've always wanted to go. When I was 14, my parents took me to the Maritime provinces. They let me pick whether I wanted to go to Prince Edward Island (Green Gables! Short ferry ride) or Newfoundland (long boat ride). Of course, I chose PEI but I've always wanted to see what I missed in Newfoundland. This is my favorite book set there. Although I do so love The Shipping News. #rockinmay #longlingwayfromhome

Bklover This sounds good! Stacked 😀 3y
Cinfhen Sort of like the vacation not taken...when my oldest son was turning 13 my hubby offered him a family trip to SA for safari or one of those ridiculous bar mitzvah parties, which of course he choose and I always remind him how he blew that decision.... 3y
Eggs I'm a sucker for cover art/colors. This looks good. 3y
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Suzze @Cinfhen oh, I can imagine at 13, that party sounds like the best! But a safari! How cool would that have been? 3y
Suzze @Eggs I've seen different covers for this, but I like this one best. Fits the story. 3y
Cinfhen I know @Suzze ☹️☹️☹️with son number 2, we gave no choices and he had a very scaled back, low key party. He's been complaining of being "gipped" ever since. 3y
Hooked_on_books You may also want to try a historical look at Newfoundland: 3y
Suzze @Hooked_on_books Sounds good! Added to my TBR. 3y
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LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🇨🇦 3y
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WhatDeeReads
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I completely forgot I owned this one. I bought it so long ago as an ebook. It was on sale.

I believe I heard somewhere, maybe from Liberty, that there's a lovable curmudgeon in it. Maybe I'll pull it to the top of my TBR. Anyone read it?

#Lighthouses #MarchIntoReading

Lindy Yes Sweetland is the name of the loveable curmudgeon. Also the name of the island he lives on. It's a delightful novel. 3y
WhatDeeReads @Lindy I'm going to try to get to it soon. I love curmudgeons. 3y
Lindy @Lucky_LaDee Another great thing about this book is the Newfoundland lingo. 👍 3y
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Shawna
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A one word title I've been saving #riotgrams

Suzze I LOVED Sweetland!!!! 3y
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shawnmooney
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I almost loved this novel – the ending was a little too dark for me – but what an impressive piece of literary fiction out of Newfoundland! Extremely memorable characters and very fine writing.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this one. One of my most favorites. 3y
Marchpane It's just wonderful. 3y
Gleefulreader I was so happy today - I had wanted to read this and today as I was re-stocking my Little Free Library, there it was! Serendipity! 3y
LeahBergen I loved it. 😍 3y
HollyQ Loved this book. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Beautiful wording. 3y
shawnmooney @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Isn't it just? 💓💓💓 3y
KarenUK 💕💕💕💕.. love this book 3y
Redjewel_7734 I can just see that image 💜💜💜 3y
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Suzze This book was so good! And memorable. 💕 3y
dixi_e This has been on my TBR for too long! Glad to be reminded of it with an enthusiastic review! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer Where do you make these quotes? 3y
shawnmooney @WanderingBookaneer This app is called Typorama 3y
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Crappy timing, what with Christmas and all, but I do think this is one of the best sentences I've read in all of 2016. :-)

LeahBergen 😂😂 3y
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At around the 40% mark, Sweetland's "stage" becomes an important part of the story. I had no idea what they were talking about. This is what they were talking about. :-)

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KarenUK 😂😂😂 3y
Bookboss Great book! 3y
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Megabooks Roosters are actually pretty vicious! I've been chased by a few. And those spurs!!!! 3y
Lindy I was attacked while feeding chickens in France. After the farmer had treated my wound, he said he knew exactly how to fix that rooster: coq au vin. 3y
shawnmooney @Lindy I'm sure the cock coming home to roast would've fixed what ailed the victim as well! ❤ 3y
Lindy Ha ha, yes! M. Le Coq was spared, thanks to the farmer's wife, even though she always carried a big stick to protect herself from rooster attacks. I started doing that too. 3y
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I love this expression, especially when I imagine it being uttered in a thick Newfoundland accent!

ReadingEnvy I have this book on my Kindle and need to read it. But where will I find a Newfoundland accent? 3y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy I'd suggest trying Newfoundland. 😂 3y
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney this would not be the first time I needed one! 😁 3y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy Now I know what to get ya for Christmas next year! 😋 3y
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In Saskatchewan, this was known as 'an afterthought.'

Suzze I loved this book! I was an afterthought. My parents were 38 and 40. My brothers and sisters were 7, 21, 22 and 23 when I was born. Actually I was a surprise. My next oldest sister was an afterthought. 😁😁 3y
LindaGrace812 My best friend (14 years younger than her next-oldest sibling) prefers the word "blessing". ? 3y
Cinfhen @Suzze ???I have 9 years between my oldest and youngest and 7 1/2 between boys 1 &2 ! we call our youngest "A gift from God" and he is actually an easygoing delightful child ??? 3y
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LeahBergen Or a "meno-baby". ?? 3y
LeahBergen Hey, Janet Jackson is having an "afterthought" ... at 50! ? 3y
Suzze @Cinfhen Wow! Wonderful family. 3y
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TheCanuckReader Great book. Audio annoyed me though as the narrator mispronounced many words...including Newfoundland! 3y
LeahBergen @TheCanuckReader Nooo! Really?? 😱 3y
shawnmooney @TheCanuckReader That WOULD be annoying. Reminds me of the Murakami audio I listened to recently where the narrator mispronounced the main character Sumire's name for the first half of the book, as Soo-mee-DAY, before finally changing it to the correct Soo-mee-LAY. 3y
TheCanuckReader He also sounded like Sean Connery had a baby with Clint Eastwood. I kid you not 3y
Lindy @canuckreader I'm curious how the narrator pronounced it. My friend who is from Newfoundland says it differently than we do in western Canada. She puts the emphasis on the final syllable, rather than the first. 3y
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MrBook You make great images 😎👌🏻! 3y
shawnmooney @MrBook Thanks! 😍 3y
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charl08 Such a great read. 3y
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LeahBergen The character of Queenie is so great! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One of my favorite books ever 3y
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My Book Outlet order arrived the other day. I had no knowledge of them prior to Litsy! So here's a huge thank you to all of you who mentioned #bookoutlet. At one point, I had about 20 books in my cart but I whittled it down to these 9 so I could stay under my self-imposed spending limit. This is my best #bookhaul 📚📚📚 of the year! I read Sweetland when I had it checked out from the library but I loved it so much I needed my own copy😉

Jenshootsweddings At the edge of the orchard was a lovely book!! 3y
Zelma I did the same thing with my book outlet cart. I decided I wanted to spend less than $20 to feel responsible so I kept removing books after my initial buying spree. 😆 3y
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Louise So many good ones! 👍👏🏼🌟 3y
irre Great haul!! 3y
KarenUK Nice stack 😍 3y
BekahB Nice haul! I think I'm going to get Shelter and Lab Girl in a future Book Outlet order. 😀 3y
Laura317 I found Book Outlet through Litsy, too! My budget may never recover. 3y
Lakesidemusing So many great books in that stack!📚👍🏻 3y
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Lindy Sweetland is such a curmudgeon. 3y
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Set on a remote, windswept island in Newfoundland, Sweetland was one of my favourite books of 2015.

Crummey takes his time sketching the stoic inhabitants of the island, their hard scrabble life and the sense of futility that dogs them. When the government offers compensation to the islanders if they relocate to the mainland, tensions rise between neighbours.

The characters and setting are still vivid in my mind, nearly two years later. 👍👍

slhbooks This was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. Simply loved it😊 3y
KarenUK Loved it too 💕 3y
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cathysaid Sold! 3y
shawnmooney Currently about 10 to 15% in – I'm a little late to the Sweetland party – and totally engrossed! 3y
BooksForYears This is such a great choice - I would definitely pick this if I were in your climate! 😀 3y
Canadian.Reads Loved Sweetland... Hope you can visit Newfoundland sometime it's beautiful 😁 3y
LeahBergen I loved this one ❤️ 3y
Marchpane @slhbooks @KarenUK @LeahBergen Yay, lots of love for Sweetland here! I also count this as one of my all time faves: 3y
Marchpane @cathysaid if you do get to it, I hope you love it! @shawnmooney I was engrossed from the beginning but it takes a turn in the latter part of the book that really makes it into something special. Hope you enjoy 😊 3y
Marchpane @BooksForYears @Canadian.Reads would absolutely love to visit Newfoundland one day!! 3y
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Life is beautiful...And we love it because it ends. And we fight for it because it ends. - Michael Crummey

This is my second novel by a Newfoundlander in 2016, the first being Minister Without Portfolio, and I love reading about the way of life and landscape of seaside towns. In Sweetland, Crummey explores a dying way of life, mortality, aging, history, & mental illness. This is a work of quiet beauty that had me from the first page to the last.

KarenUK I loved it too💕 3y
TheCanuckReader Tis a great book. I lived in Newfoundland for 6 years and my husband is from there so these books always make me a bit homesick for the island. 3y
LeahBergen So good. ❤️ 3y
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TheCanuckReader Great read 3y
Lindy Love this book!❤️ 3y
HollyQ A wonderful book! 3y
shawnmooney @Lindy @TheCanuckReader @HollyQ So far, I completely agree! 3y
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