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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of River Thieves comes a sweeping novel of love crossed by the blindness of faith and fate.

In a remote Newfoundland outpost at the onset of the Second World War, the young Catholic Wish Furey meets the passionate, independent 16-year-old Protestant Sadie Parsons. They begin an intense affair that is cut short as prejudice and mistrust drive Wish away, into the British Army and the war. At home in Newfoundland, Sadie turns her back on her family and moves to St. John's to wait for Wish - until she receives word that he is dead. 

Fifty years later, Sadie returns to Newfoundland to scatter her American husband's ashes and to face her past - one that will come to meet her as she never imagined. 

Masterfully crafted, The Wreckage is both compulsively readable and a penetrating study of the reach and limits of love, the depths of human hatred, and the ultimate impossibility of knowing another or oneself.

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
National Best Seller
Nominee, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2005 

©2009 Michael Crummey (P)2019 Doubleday Canada

What the critics say

“If there’s a better Canadian novel published this year, I’ll be amazed." (Robert Wiersema, Vancouver Sun)

“Heroically human. . . . Crummey offers a journey of stimulating moral inquiry, one of his fiction’s most admirable qualities.” (The Globe and Mail)

“Extraordinary. . . . [Crummey] explores human nature, charting the moral choices of his characters without passing judgment. . . . [His] gift is to write with compassion, imbuing relationships with complexity and depth. He doesn’t make anything simple - or simplistic. The Wreckage shows with profound insight that nothing’s fair in love and war.” (National Post

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Brilliant

I have an affection for Newfoundland for many reasons. Everything about this book resonated within my heart. I just finished listening to this beautiful story. I learned things from a new perspective. The word that comes to mind is a hoolahoop. You are stretched to the outer limits and brought back again. I'm fulfilled and hopeful once again. Life truely is a "circle game"

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really great

A reinvented cliché, but always good for the heart to hear once in a while.