The Innocents

The Innocents

From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a...

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  • Jenna
    Such desolation and yet such beauty!Wow! I loved this book! Ihadn't even been sure I'd like it let alone love it, and I'm glad I decided to read it.The Innocents tells the story of two children whose parents are raising them along the coast of northern Newfoundland. It is a remote area, far from eve...
  • Diane S ☔
    Ava was ten, her brother twelve, when her less than a year old baby sister died. Their mother and father took sick and soon followed. The family has lived an isolated life in a secluded New Toy Diane cove, their access to people restricted to the elderly woman who came to help her mother during the ...
  • Krista
    They were left together in the cove then with its dirt-floored stud tilt, with its garden of root vegetables and its scatter of outbuildings, with its looming circle of hills and rattling brook and its view of the ocean's grey expanse beyond the harbour skerries. The cove was the heart and sum of a...
  • Doug
    3.5, rounded up.Sweetland was my favorite book of 2015, so I was so delighted that the long four year wait was finally over with Mr. Crummey's new novel. Unsurprisingly, it is both set in Newfoundland, and has a mixture of the harsh realities of that landscape, along with the gorgeous, precise prose...
  • Trudie
    The story of two orphaned siblings fighting for survival on the wild Labrador coast of Newfoundland. With the exception of a couple of dramatic set pieces, the plot is secondary to the 'extraordinary' relationship that develops between brother and sister. I use the word 'extraordinary' here to elude...
  • Carol
    THE INNOCENTS is an atmospheric story of survival set in 18th century Newfoundland. It begins with death leaving a young brother and sister ages 12 and 10 orphaned. Alone and isolated, Evered and Ada begin and end each day struggling to feed themselves, stay warm during the severe winters, procure e...
  • Carolyn
    The Innocents: Shortlisted for the 3 major literary awards of 2019: The Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Awards, and the. Rogers Writers Trust Prize. There is much to admire in Michael Crummey’s writing. He masterfully evokes a time and place which is set in the harsh, isolated world o...
  • Canadian
    I regret to say that at about the 2/3 mark I bailed on this book. Yes, it’s atmospheric and well written, but I came to find the story of two orphaned siblings in remote, late 18th-century Newfoundland increasingly tedious. I grew weary of reading (view spoiler)[about the sexual tension and sex...

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