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.

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  • Diane S ?

    Ava was ten, her brother twelve, when her less than a year old baby sister died. Their mother and father took sick and soon followed. The family has lived an isolated life in a secluded New Toy Diane ...

  • Carolyn

    The Innocents: Shortlisted for the 3 major literary awards of 2019: The Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Awards, and the. Rogers Writers Trust Prize. There is much to admire in Michael Crummeyâ€...

  • 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...

  • Doug

    3.5, rounded up.Sweetland was my favorite book of 2015, so I was so delighted that the long four year wait was finally over with Mr. Crummey's new novel. Unsurprisingly, it is both set in Newfoundland...

  • Canadian

    I regret to say that at about the 2/3 mark I bailed on this book. Yes, it’s atmospheric and well written, but I came to find the story of two orphaned siblings in remote, late 18th-century Newfoundl...

  • Carol

    THE INNOCENTS is an atmospheric story of survival set in 18th century Newfoundland. It begins with death leaving a young brother and sister ages 12 and 10 orphaned. Alone and isolated, Evered and Ada ...

  • Alex

    1/2LONGLISTED FOR 2019 GILLER PRIZECrummey follows up Galore and Sweetland with another captivating and intimate story rooted in Newfoundland history. Ava and Everett are siblings dealing with the su...

  • Ace

    DNF 33%Update 2 Nov.So when you're in the middle of the ocean, all the books become more valued and so I picked this back up, curious as to why I was put off and everyone else was fairly impressed by ...

  • Claire

    The Innocents is an example of great storytelling. It reminded me a lot of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites. It is a beautifully constructed, measured story of two orphans, innocent of social expectations...

  • Dan

    Michael Crummey’s a great story-teller and a fine novelist. The Innocents immersed me in an all but forgotten Newfoundland cove — too small and too remote to even call an outport — of two hundre...