One of the author's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Shipping News by Annie ProulxRead about the other books on the list.
Proulx is a master stylist. Much of The Shipping News is constructed in sentence fragments and lists that cut away everything grammatical, everything unnecessary, which is appropriate for a story about a protagonist learning to be a reporter. Quoyle is a fabulous creation, unloved in a novel that finally is a love story.
The Shipping News appears on Rachel Seiffert's top ten list of books about troubled families, RJ Ellory's five best list of human dramas, Elise Valmorbida's list of top ten books with a happy ending, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best fishing trips.