Storytelling is one of
humanity's great luxuries, and you're likely to find no contemporary novel in
which the storytelling is more luxurious than Michael Crummey's mythic novel of
real and supernatural doings in a 19th-century Newfoundland fishing village.
The award-winning fiction's characters and narrative ingenuity evoke Bible
tales, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and—well, all the best rewards of
being lost in a book.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…