The Innocents

The Innocents Review

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.

Title:The Innocents

    The Innocents Reviews

  • Krista

    They were left together in the cove then with its dirt-floored stud tilt, with its garden of root vegetables and its scatter of outbuildings, with its looming circle of hills and rattling brook and i...

  • Amy

    Northern Canada. Short summers, long cold winters. Illness and hardship leave a brother and sister orphaned in this harsh country, with only the limited knowledge passed on to them by their parents of...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    Between a 3.5-star and a 4-star read. There is a quietness to this story, but there is also a sense of urgency too. Always nice to have a new Crummey to read! I actually have a few older ones by Crumm...

  • Marjorie

    Deep, heart wrenching tale. Most highly recommended. Complete review to be posted closer to the publication date of 11/12/2019....

  • Hannah

    Some of the best writing I’ve read this year! The mood is set expertly with verbiage and lingo appropriate to the lives of these two young children. ...

  • Natasha Penney

    Review to follow when Internet connectivity is restored. ...

  • Paul Thiessen

    This is an outstanding work of fiction, set in Newfoundland in the 18th century and redolent with authentic language and historical detail. It has the saddest opening chapter of any book I have read i...

  • Rachel Brown

    Thanks to @doubledayca for the ARC for The Innocents by Michael Crummey. This was my very first ARC and what a way to start with a captivating story of true survival in the hardest of circumstances. T...

  • Diana

    I liked this quite a bit. I always have an attraction to stories about survival in the far north, and also stories that look at the nuts and bolts of what it took to wrest a living out of inhospitable...

  • Vicki

    I followed Ada and Evered's compelling story with both delight and something akin to horror. The tale of two young orphan siblings struggling to survive in an isolated cove on the remote northern coas...