- Marta, Jan
- Date of entry: Jan-29-1997
Here is an account of a few years in the life of Quoyle, born in Brooklyn and raised in a shuffle of dreary upstate towns, where the novel begins. In these few years Quoyle metamorphoses from the human equivalent of a Flemish flake--a one layer spiral coil of rope that may be walked on if necessary--to a multi-layered presence with the capacity for constantly renewed purpose and connection. Grief, love, work, friendship, family, necessity, and community effect this transformation, as does Quoyle’s ancestral home of Newfoundland, a place of beauty and hardship, of memory and reverie.
This novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and Irish Times International Fiction Prize. First published: 1993 (Charles Scribner’s Sons).
Simon & Schuster: Touchstone