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Ep. 18: The Innocents with Michael Crummey and John DeMont

Coming to you again from the Halifax Central Library, bestselling and award-winning author Michael Crummey sits down with Chronicle Herald columnist and author John DeMont to discuss his new book: The Innocents.

Longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Innocents is described as a sweeping, heart-wrenching, deeply immersive novel about a brother and sister alone in a small world.

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.

As they fight for their own survival through years of meager 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.

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