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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, Caribbean & Canada and the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award; Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Book Award, and the Winterset Award

When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon.

Though Judah is a shocking addition, the town of Paradise Deep is already full of unusual characters. King-me Sellers, self-appointed patriarch, has it in for an inscrutable woman known only as Devine's Widow, with whom he has a decades-old feud. Her granddaughter, Mary Tryphena, is just a child when Judah washes ashore, but finds herself tied to him all her life in ways she never expects. Galore is the story of the saga that develops between these families, full of bitterness and love, spanning two centuries.

With Paradise Deep, award-winning novelist Michael Crummey imagines a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to discern. Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us.

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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, Caribbean & Canada and the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award; Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Book Award, and the Winterset Award

When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon.

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      • source: The New Yorker
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        "[An] expansive yarn...in lilting prose."

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      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "This is the book that will win Crummey a permanent place in American readers' hearts. With Galore he has done something much more besides writing a compulsively readable book. He has created an unforgettable place of the imagination. Paradise Deep belongs on the same literary map as Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha and Garcia Marquez's Macondo."
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "Like the two-faced ocean they pull their living from, Crummey's characters in this multi-generational unwinding are icy and surprising. The denizens of Paradise Deep and its neighboring town, the Gut, end up as twisted as the wind-tortured trees, making for a quirky quilt of personalities that might remind a reader of Annie Proulx's The Shipping News."
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: "A glittering, fabulist tale...reminiscent of the work of Jean Giono, particularly Joy of Man's Desiring, and Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, Galore is a tale in which humans are confronted with the miraculous."
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      • source: Rain Taxi Review of Books
      • content: "Distinctive and unforgettable...It's a compelling, haunting portrait of hard lives in a hard place, and for American readers in particular, Crummey's Newfoundland may prove the definitive version."
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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • content: "Mythic and gorgeous...Crummey lovingly carves out the privation and inner intricacies that mark his characters' lives with folkloric embellishments and the precision of the finest scrimshaw."
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      • source: Library Journal (starred review)
      • content: "Newfoundland author Crummey's award-winning third novel...affirms that our lives are always astonishing. It's been justly compared to Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. It also calls to mind Graham Swift's Waterland and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria, as well as William Faulkner's epic Compson novels, and will appeal to readers who enjoyed those works."
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      • content: "Ghosts, gangsters, mermen and a Christ-like healer who emerges from the belly of a beached whale are among the attractions in a boisterous, one-of-a-kind folk epic about feuding intermarried clans in Newfoundland...A lively, eccentric, mythmaking novel inspired by 200 years of Canadian history."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "A dense, sprawling tale of two families bound together by love, secrets, fate, and a mysterious stranger... Spanning two centuries of Canadian history and presented in Garcia Marquez-inspired magical realism fashion, Crummey's ambitious story of immigrant settlement, family alliances and clashes, heroism and failure is deeply moving and disquieting, sure to make some waves."
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      • source: Kate Bernheimer, author of The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold and editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
      • content: "Gratitude galore for Galore, a book so alive with enchantment I should not be surprised if it crawled right out of my hands and into the sea. Truly, a fantastic read."
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      • source: Jane Mendelsohn, author of I Was Amelia Earhart and American Music
      • content: "Michael Crummey is a passionate storyteller. His world is intensely imagined and starkly real. Life leaps off the pages of Galore."
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      • source: Wayne Johnston, author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
      • content: "Michael Crummey's Galore is a fabulous, fable-filled ball of yarns such as I've never encountered before. Tall, but plausible tales, odd, eccentric but weirdly familiar characters, dialogue straight out of the mouths of outport Newfoundlanders, historicized fiction, fictionalized history--it has, as its title suggests, a super-abundance of good things. This is art, but not art full of solemn, self-importance. Galore is artfully, and seriously, entertaining."
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      • source: The Globe and Mail
      • content: "It's an incredibly difficult task to make characters such as these work as human beings as well as elements of folklore, and Crummey does it with as much skill and grace as Gabriel Garcia Márquez does in One Hundred Years of Solitude."
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      • source: National Post
      • content: "Pitch-perfect, boisterous...Galore is an endearing romp. For the language alone -- and there is so much more -- I loved the book."
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      • source: Quill & Quire
      • content: "Michael Crummey's third novel injects an element of magic realism to convey an otherworldly quality ... a dense, intricate, and absorbing tale, rich in the nuances of human relationships."
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      • content: "This economically told epic is masterful, written by a man with enough confidence to let his readers interpolate the meaning not only of certain w
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        Starred review from January 3, 2011
        Crummey (River Thieves) returns readers to historic Newfoundland in his mythic and gorgeous latest, set over the course of a century in the life of a hardscrabble fishing community. After a lean early-19th-century winter, a whale beaches itself and everyone in town gathers to help with the slaughter. But when a woman known only as Devine's Widow—when she's not called an outright witch—cuts into the belly, the body of an albino man slides out. He eventually revives, turns out to be a mute, and is dubbed Judah by the locals. Judah's mystery—is his appearance responsible for the great fishing season that follows?—is only one among many in this wild place, where the people are afflicted by ghosts and curses as much as cold and hunger. Crummey's survey eventually telescopes to the early 20th century, when Judah's pale great-grandson, Abel, sequesters himself amid medical debris in an old hospital where his opera singer cousin, Esther Newman, has returned and resolved to drink herself to death. But before she does so, she shares with him the family history he never knew. Crummey lovingly carves out the privation and inner intricacies that mark his characters' lives with folkloric embellishments and the precision of the finest scrimshaw.

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        January 15, 2011

        Ghosts, gangsters, mermen and a Christ-like healer who emerges from the belly of a beached whale are among the attractions in a boisterous, one-of-a-kind folk epic about feuding intermarried clans in Newfoundland.

        Acclaimed Canadian bestseller Crummey (The Wreckage, 2005, etc.) lays on colorful language and antic humor in capturing the first settlements established in remote Newfoundland at the beginning of the 19th century. An unshakable enmity has existed between the English Protestant Sellers family and the Irish Catholic Devine family since the matriarch known as Devine's Widow turned down a marriage offer from King-me Sellers (a town tyrant named not for any regal qualities, but his fondness for checkers). Branded a witch, she has made the most of her supposed supernatural powers in antagonizing him and his clan over the years. When the whale coughs up the otherworldly Judah (named by the coastal dwellers out of confusion with Jonah), life gets even more oddly eventful for all concerned. Though pale, foul-smelling and speechless, he has a positive effect on everyone whose path he crosses. This novel loses much of its offbeat charm when Crummey turns to the contentious effects of union organizing during World War I; in doing so, he drains the book of its laughter and bawdy charm. But the singular world he creates is special. For American readers, the peculiarities of Newfoundland (aka "The Rock"), which even many Canadians see as a strange and exotic place, will seem magical. 

        A lively, eccentric, mythmaking novel inspired by 200 years of Canadian history.

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        Starred review from February 1, 2011

        Set in Paradise Deep, Newfoundland, this novel chronicles the intertwined lives and loves of two families, the uncanny Devines and the gentrified Sellers, over two centuries. Crummey's prose is glorious throughout, unflinchingly honest and unsentimentally magical. Here, supernatural episodes and anecdotes share the page with naturalistic descriptions of people, physical afflictions, weather, and landscape, and the veil separating life and death is nigh transparent. "Now the once," utters one character near the novel's conclusion, beautifully conveying how past and future meet in the present, a notion Crummey subtly emphasizes by opening and closing the novel with miraculous accounts and linking inhabitants of Paradise Deep to totems--a Bible, a whale carcass--that persist from one generation to the next as they diminish. The effect is dazzling. VERDICT Newfoundland author Crummey's award-winning third novel, published in Canada in 2009, affirms that our lives are always astonishing. It's been justly compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. It also calls to mind Graham Swift's Waterland and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria, as well as William Faulkner's epic Compson novels, and will appeal to readers who enjoyed those works.--J. Greg Matthews, Washington State Univ., Pullman

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        April 15, 2011
        In his prizewinning third novel, Canadian writer Crummey (River Thieves, 2002; The Wreckage, 2005) delivers a dense, sprawling tale of two families bound together by love, secrets, fate, and a mysterious stranger. When the inhabitants of a tiny, isolated coastal town in nineteenth-century Newfoundland discover a beached whale, they believe their troubled fishing and oil season may have ended. But as they begin dismembering the whale, theyre surprised to find a man inside. More surprisingly, the man, soon dubbed Judah, is alive. In a town in which the only priest is a carousing drunk who owns a partial Bible, and a man dressed as a horse can foresee the future, no one is sure what to make of the stranger. Is he cursed? Is he a godsend? One thing is certain: nothing will remain the same. Spanning two centuries of Canadian history and presented in Garc-a Mrquezinspired magic realism fashion, Crummeys ambitious story of immigrant settlement, family alliances and clashes, heroism and failure is deeply moving and disquieting, sure to make some waves.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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Though Judah is a shocking addition, the town of Paradise Deep is already full of unusual characters. King-me Sellers, self-appointed patriarch, has it in for an inscrutable woman known only as Devine's Widow, with whom he has a decades-old feud. Her granddaughter, Mary Tryphena, is just a child when Judah washes ashore, but finds herself tied to him all her life in ways she never expects. Galore is the story of the saga that develops between these families, full of bitterness and love, spanning two centuries.

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