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When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon. Though Judah is a shocking addition, the town of Paradise Deep is already full of unusual characters. King-me Sellers, self-appointed patriarch, has it in for an inscrutable woman known only as Devine’s Widow, with whom he has a decades-old feud. Her granddaughter, Mary Tryphena, is just a child when Judah washes ashore but finds herself tied to him all her life in ways she never expects. Galore is the story of the saga that develops between these families, full of bitterness and love, spanning two centuries.

With Paradise Deep, award-winning novelist Michael Crummey imagines a realm in which the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to discern. Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Michael Crummey is a passionate storyteller. His world is intensely imagined and starkly real. Life leaps off the pages of Galore.”

    Jane Mendelsohn, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[An] expansive yarn…in lilting prose.”

    New Yorker

  • “This is the book that will win Crummey a permanent place in American readers’ hearts. With Galore he has done something much more besides writing a compulsively readable book. He has created an unforgettable place of the imagination. Paradise Deep belongs on the same literary map as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha and García Márquez’s Macondo.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Like the two-faced ocean they pull their living from, Crummey’s characters in this multigenerational unwinding are icy and surprising. The denizens of Paradise Deep and its neighboring town, the Gut, end up as twisted as the wind-tortured trees, making for a quirky quilt of personalities that might remind a reader of Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News.”

    Washington Post

  • “A glittering, fabulist tale…Reminiscent of the work of Jean Giono, particularly Joy of Man’s Desiring, and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate, Galore is a tale in which humans are confronted with the miraculous.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In grand language and colorful storytelling, Michael Crummey traces through several generations the fortunes of two families from the outport of Paradise Deep in Newfoundland…This is a book to savor. You won’t want to miss any of its delights: the tightly braided narrative skeins, the pathos and humor of the characters, the exotic flavor of a long ago time and place.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Michael Crummey’s Galore is a fabulous, fable-filled ball of yarns such as I’ve never encountered before. Tall but plausible tales, odd, eccentric but weirdly familiar characters, dialogue straight out of the mouths of outport Newfoundlanders, historicized fiction, fictionalized history—it has, as its title suggests, a superabundance of good things. This is art, but not art full of solemn, self-importance. Galore is artfully, and seriously, entertaining.”

    Wayne Johnston, bestselling author 

  • “It’s an incredibly difficult task to make characters such as these work as human beings as well as elements of folklore, and Crummey does it with as much skill and grace as Gabriel Garcia Márquez does in One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “Pitch-perfect, boisterous…Galore is an endearing romp. For the language alone—and there is so much more—I loved the book.”

    National Post

  • “This economically told epic is masterful, written by a man with enough confidence to let his readers interpolate the meaning not only of certain words, but entire character arcs.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Michael Crummey’s third novel injects an element of magic realism to convey an otherworldly quality…a dense, intricate, and absorbing tale, rich in the nuances of human relationships.”

    Quill & Quire

  • Galore is an absolute pleasure. In Crummey’s capable hands, the setting breeds magic…A complex narrative that feels effortless, yet is woven so tightly that the magnificent artistry of its creator cannot be ignored.”

    Walrus

  • “Mythic and gorgeous…Crummey lovingly carves out the privation and inner intricacies that mark his characters’ lives with folkloric embellishments and the precision of the finest scrimshaw.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Newfoundland author Crummey’s award-winning third novel…affirms that our lives are always astonishing. It’s been justly compared to Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. It also calls to mind Graham Swift’s Waterland and Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria, as well as William Faulkner’s epic Compson novels, and will appeal to readers who enjoyed those works.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In a sweeping story of several generations, Galore reveals the lives of the Irish and West Country English in rugged Newfoundland…The novel sizzles with an edge of the fantastic as Crummey keeps the action going while circling around to reveal  back-story…Capturing the speech and temper of a primitive world, and communicating it perfectly, the writer delivers a masterpiece.”

    ForeWord Reviews

  • “Ghosts, gangsters, mermen, and a Christ-like healer who emerges from the belly of a beached whale are among the attractions in a boisterous, one-of-a-kind folk epic about feuding intermarried clans in Newfoundland…A lively, eccentric, mythmaking novel inspired by two hundred years of Canadian history."

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Crummey’s ambitious story of immigrant settlement, family alliances and clashes, heroism and failure is deeply moving and disquieting, sure to make some waves.”

    Booklist

  • One of 2011 Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Historical Fiction
  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • Winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean
  • Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Claudon | 2/20/2014

    " Galore begins with a whale beached near a small community in Newfoundland. As the people in the town begin cutting up the carcass of the whale, a widow woman, considered the town witch, discovers a live albino young man in the beast's belly. So begins this wonderful adventure of two centuries of stories which make up the remote (almost Medieval) town of Paradise Deep. Having been raised on stories about my small hometown, I was enchanted by the narrator's gift at combining reality with magic realism. It's a must read on my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/11/2014

    " This book is a Newfoundland version of One Hundred Years of Solitude: a fascinating blend of the magical and of harsh reality. Both books overwhelmed me at times and I sometimes had trouble keeping track of all the characters; nevertheless, Galore is a masterpiece. It is packed with eccentric characters, both harsh and beautiful descriptions of Newfoundland life and culture, painstaking research, and a roller coaster of emotions. I think I will need to read it again. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rika | 2/8/2014

    " Sort of like One Hundred Years of Solitude in Newfoundland, on crack. But I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by cdcoleman | 2/1/2014

    " This is a novel I feel I really should like more than I did. The characters intrigued me, but I wanted to know more about them. More breadth than depth here, and I found myself losing track of the relationships between the characters and getting confused over the Protestant/Catholic antagonisms. Perhaps the fault lies with me, and it just wasn't the right time for me to read it: perhaps it's more of a winter than summer read? "

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About the Author
Author 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.