The Innocents by Michael Crummey
"Engrossing and beautifully written...The Innocents is a tale of survival but also about the acquisitionThe of adult knowledge... [It] is a work of lyrical naturalism as an allegory." - The Washington Post
Ada and Evered Best are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. 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.
As they fight for their own survival through years of meagre catches and storms and ravaging illness, their fierce loyalty to each other 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.
By turns electrifying and heartbreaking The Innocents is a testament to the bounty and barbarity of the world, to the wonders and strangeness of our individual selves.
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