River Thieves by Michael Crummey
A Novel

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"Vibrantly written and uniquely evocative" (Denver Post), River Thievesis the riveting story of a group of European settlers of the New World in the early nineteenth century. The Peytons, their enigmatic housekeeper, and the men who manage their fishing and trapping concerns on the shores of Newfoundland live lives of punishing physicality, inarticulate longing, and violence. Their misunderstandings and compromises have tragic consequences not only for their own community but also for the Beothuk, or Red Indians, a people on the verge of extinction. With penetrating insight, Michael Crummey captures both the vast sweep of history and the intimate lives of those caught in its wake.

About Michael Crummey

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Michael Crummey is a poet and storyteller, and the author of the critically acclaimed novels River Thieves and The Wreckage and the short story collection Flesh and Blood. He has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award, and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Canada for Galore. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Published June 4, 2003 by Mariner Books. 349 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A little-known historical atrocity—the extinction of the Beothuk ("Red") Indians of central Newfoundland—becomes an authentic tragedy in this brilliantly constructed, immensely moving debut novel by an award-winning Canadian poet and short-story writer.

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The ensuing quest leads him back to the India of his childhood, and a society murder that gripped the nation 40 years earlier: a faithless playboy - the companion of many a lonely officer's wife - shot dead in a crime of passion.

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Snowflakes shining like flint-sparks as they drift through the firelight, the play of shadows on the wall of a makeshift tent, the pressure of icy water against a swan-skin cuff as Peyton works wildly to free a man dragged beneath broken ice - such details bring us sharply into contact with a lan...

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(June 19)Forecast:Strong advance praise for Crummey's novel (from Charles Frazier, among others) and enthusiastic reviews in Crummey's native Canada (the book was nominated for the prestigious Giller Prize there) should ensure extensive review coverage and attention in the U.S..

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