The alchemist sea changed fishermen into wet bones, sent boats to drift among the cod, cast them on the landwash. She remembered the stories in old mouths: the father who shot his oldest children and himself that the rest might live on flour scrapings; sealers crouched on a floe awash from their weight until one leaped into the sea; storm journeys to fetch medicines—always the wrong thing and too late for the convulsing hangashore.

E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

This is the book I’m reading out loud to Peter right now, and it will also be the subject of the next episode of Shelf-Reflective, our new podcast! We’re about a quarter of the way through it. Mostly I am interested to see where it goes. The writing style does grate on me a bit, but I think that’s mostly because I’m reading it out loud–I don’t think I’d think twice if I were just reading it on my own.

Teaser Tuesday is a book meme hosted at Books and a Beat


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