The Innocents by Michael Crummey audiobook

The Innocents: A Novel

By Michael Crummey
Read by Mary Lewis

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People Magazine Book of the Week "Extraordinary."--Wall Street Journal "Gripping."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room "Dazzling."--Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek "Fantastic."--Kevin Powers, author of Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins "Brilliant."--Ron Rash, author of Serena From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. Muddling though the severe round of the seasons, through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested. The Innocents is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.

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People Magazine Book of the Week

"Extraordinary."--Wall Street Journal
"Gripping."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room
"Dazzling."--Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek
"Fantastic."--Kevin Powers, author of Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins
"Brilliant."--Ron Rash, author of Serena

From prizewinning author Michael Crummey comes a spellbinding story of survival in which a brother and sister confront the limits of human endurance and their own capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.


A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family's boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them.

Muddling though the severe round of the seasons, through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, it is their fierce loyalty to each other that motivates and sustains them. But as seasons pass and they wade deeper into the mystery of their own natures, even that loyalty will be tested.

The Innocents is richly imagined and compulsively readable, a riveting story of hardship and survival, and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister. By turns electrifying and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Heartfelt, extraordinary...Crummey delivers profound insight into how individuals grapple with the forces of nature, not only in the unpredictable environment, but in the mystifying interior of their temperaments, drives, and character. This story of how two guileless youngsters navigate life will have a deep emotional impact on its readers. Publishers Weekly
“The riveting story of an orphaned brother and sister whose relationship is tested by hardship and isolation in 19th-century coastal Labrador…A richly fashioned story told with great sensitivity—one that is as credible as it is magical. The Innocents reminds us of all the reasons we read—to understand, to imagine, to find compassion and to witness the making of art. BookPage (starred review)
A gorgeous portrait of remote Newfoundland of yesterday with a remarkable story of human resilience at its core. Booklist
"Moving...The relentless bleakness is alleviated by the cinematic depiction of the surrounding wilderness, with Crummey’s prose recalling that of Jim Crace in its strange, archaic terminology and sense of timelessness. Library Journal
Inventive, dark, pathos-evoking, this sensitive novel of survival and discovery asks just how far innocence stretches in a remote cove of Newfoundland...This searing novel will keep readers engrossed in its harsh world long after its hopeful conclusion. Shelf Awareness
“Page-turning…An unusual, gripping period novel from a much-honored Canadian writer. Kirkus (starred review)
“Few novels have cast their spell on me as deeply as The Innocents.  I am reminded of Dickens, not just the nineteenth-century setting and the imperiled children, but the artfulness: brilliant plot, unforgettable minor characters, perfect pacing. Yet Michael Crummey’s poetic voice and landscape are his own.  The Innocents is brilliant. Ron Rash, author of Serena
This is an extraordinary novel, emotionally precise, vivid in its portrayal of nature, and subtle in its exploration of the relationship between life and story. Wall Street Journal
Michael Crummey’s ravishing story is raw and intimate and will break your heart. People Magazine (Book of the Week)
Engrossing and beautifully written…A work of lyrical naturalism dressed as an allegory. Washington Post
What begins as a gripping survival tale deepens into a psychological inquiry into intimacy, conflict and what it means to be alone together in the world…[a] harshly beautiful new novel. USA Today“A gripping and credible page-turner about children surviving in the wilderness, but more than that: this Adam and Eve struggle to make sense of a world that’s somewhere between Eden and Hell. Michael Crummey writes like an avenging angel, never putting a word wrong.
"Michael Crummey’s new novel The Innocents is a fantastic read. Written in graceful and evocative prose, Ada and Evered's story blurs the boundary between the quotidian and the strange until it becomes a meditation on the curious fact of existence itself. A wonderfully provocative and insightful book. Kevin Powers, author of Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins
*Finalist for the 2019 Giller Prize, 2019 Governor General's Literary Awards, & 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize*“Imagine Into the Wild with prepubescents, told in the voice of a William Blake acolyte as verbally inventive as Tolkien…The Innocents is a survivor narrative and a psychological thriller, a chilling study in isolation. Hillary Kelly, Vulture

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Author Bio: Michael Crummey

Author Bio: Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey is a poet and storyteller, as well as 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 he won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Canada for Galore. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English