The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

The novel follows the story of a depressed and overweight man who moves with his two daughters to his ancestral home in Newfoundland, Canada, after his unfaithful wife dies in a car accident. There, he begins to rebuild his life, working as a reporter for the local newspaper, The Shipping News, and learning about the harsh realities of the fishing industry. As he delves into his family's history, he begins to find a sense of belonging and a new love. The story explores themes of family, identity, and the power of place.

The 438th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1096

Since this book was first published in 1993, there is a penalty of 30.4%. The age adjusted score is 762.82.

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