The Wreckage

The Wreckage

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Wish Furey travels the coast of Newfoundland screening Hollywood films and begins an affair with Sadie Parsons. Wish is soon driven from the area and joins the British army while Sadie waits for him until she learns that he is dead. She abandons Newfoundland to live in the United States, but she ultimately returns and confronts the past.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2006, c2005
Edition: Anchor Canada ed. --
ISBN: 9780385660617
0385660618
Branch Call Number: FIC Crumm 3558
Characteristics: 360 p

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brianreynolds Jul 16, 2015

Heavy boots. <i>Wreckage</i> is almost an understatement. And yet the writing is so smooth, the story so deliciously teasing, the characters so heart-warming and heart-wrenching that every page of it felt true. Heavy boots, indeed.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

Michael Crummey is one of Canada's most inspired writers. His modern day version of Romeo and Juliet is set in the outports of Newfoundland and amongst the horrors of a Japanese P.O.W. camp. The story is a lyrical, haunting and intensely satisfying read about a young Catholic boy and Protestant girl whose love for each other refuses to fade, even when the world and all its prejudices and cruel twists of fate aim to keep them apart.

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vickiz
Dec 17, 2008

The intersecting storylines are engrossing and the main and even more peripheral characters are all strongly delineated. At first, I thought the ending of the book was kind of shambling and inconclusive, but then I remembered the book's title - "The Wreckage". Just as Mercedes finds something important and concrete in the literal wreckage of her old home, all of the characters are striving to find something similarly real amidst the wreckage of their respective lives. The wreckage imagery is also echoed hauntingly in Wish's experiences after the bombing of Nagasaki. The title of the book, in fact, satisfyingly encapsulates so much.

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