The Shipping News Annie Proulx

A darkly charming, vivid, subtly moving account of a man's journey into Newfoundland.

The author’s meticulous, creative wordsmithing more than once left me in awe. So much happening with astonishing brevity and clarity. It wasn’t forceful plot development that pulled me through, but a developing richness of character, place, and experience. I have a hunch I could read this many times and keep finding new things.