Fiction. Copyright, 1993
Scribner paperback, 355 p.
WINNER of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1994; WINNER of the National Book Award for Fiction 1993
(Book #13 for 2007; Book #3 for the TBR Challenge)
When Quoyle’s two-timing wife meets her just deserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle’s struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons – and the unpredictable forces of nature and society – he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.I had a hard time getting used to her style of writing at first (also why I never made a note of any quotes as none seemed to stand out), but wanting to continue reading about Quoyle and all the others pulled me along. The only other book by Proulx I’ve read is Close Range: Wyoming Stories, but based on these two, she sure likes quirky offbeat characters and small towns. Set primarily in Newfoundland, the main character of the story is certainly Newfoundland itself with its harsh climate and the difficult lifestyle it demands. Due to that it was wonderfully atmospheric yet surprisingly humourous at times, in a dark humour sort of way. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it, thanks to the TBR Challenge. It was worth the read.
My Rating: 3.5/5