Quoyle, the unlikely hero of this perfect book, is a little dumpy, a little foolish, and a little pathetic. His life is collapsing around him when his aunt convinces him to move to Newfoundland for a new start. Confronting his demons, Quoyle clumsily builds his new life, and begins to believe in the possibility of joy and contentment.
I've read this book many times. I love it. Top five favorites. And it's difficult to describe it without making it sound overly sentimental or treacly-sweet. It's neither of those things. The Shipping News is dark, funny, magical, and impossibly well-written. It's just really, really good. Read it.