Remarkable . . . The conflict between the old and new ways, memory and reality are ongoing themes in the novel, strengthened by Crummey's knack for seamlessly mixing past and present.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2015 There's a quietness to Michael Crummey's novel that adds to its power ... What's most appealing about this subtle, entertaining, and quietly moving novel is the humanity of its characters and the genuine feel of Sweetland itself.
Moses is a memorably strong-willed character... [Sweetland] also conveys the way that a sense of place is the product of relationships-among the living, with the dead, and, in Moses's case, arising from intimate connections to land and sea.
He writes of it with great specificity and vivid windblown imagery
As Crummey's elegant prose and storytelling prowess makes abundantly clear, no man is an island.'
I admire Crummey's spare, evocative prose and his brilliant idea.
Seductive, supple and haunting. . . . Sweetland is a wistful eulogy for a dying way of life.
An evocative portrait of a disappearing way of life, Sweetland is also a powerful rumination on what's lost in letting go of the past-and the sometimes-unbearable cost of trying to hold onto it.
The elimination of an entire community, and what it represents, is deeply felt. Through its crusty protagonist, Crummey's shrewd, absorbing novel tells us how rich a life can be, even when experienced in the narrowest of physical confines.
Best decision of my reading year ... Written with a spare, salty style, this superb tale will reverberate with anyone who feels isolated by modernity. It may also make you hanker to visit Canada's remote east coast.