by Michael Crummey
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Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories to shape and sustain us. An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real.

Remote and isolated, exposed to savage extremes of climate and fate, the people of Paradise Deep persist in a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is impossible to distinguish. Propelled by the disputes and alliances, grievances and trade-offs that bind the Sellers and Devine families through generations, Galore is alive with singular characters, and an uncommon insight into the complexities of human nature.


Michael Crummey, author

Michael Crummey is a poet and a storyteller, the author of the critically acclaimed novel River Thieves, which was published by Houghton Mifflin in the US, Canongate in the UK, Payot & Rivages in France and De Geus in Holland. It was also nominated for the Giller Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Award and numerous others. He won the The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Timothy Findley Award in 2007. Crummey lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.


  • A glittering, fabulist tale…reminiscent of the work of Jean Giono, particularly "Joy of Man’s Desiring", and Laura Esquivel’s "Like Water for Chocolate", "Galore" is a tale in which humans are confronted with the miraculous. - Los Angeles Times
  • Like the two-faced ocean they pull their living from, Crummey’s characters in this multi-generational unwinding are icy and surprising. The denizens of Paradise Deep and its neighboring town, the Gut, end up as twisted as the wind-tortured trees, making for a quirky quilt of personalities that might remind a reader of Annie Proulx’s "The Shipping News". - The Washington Post
  • This is the book that will win Crummey a permanent place in American readers’ hearts. With "Galore" he has done something much more besides writing a compulsively readable book. He has created an unforgettable place of the imagination. Paradise Deep belongs on the same literary map as Faulkner’s "Yoknapatawpha" and Garcia Marquez’s "Macondo". - The Boston Globe
  • Crummey lovingly carves out the privation and inner intricacies that mark his characters' lives with folkloric embellishments and the precision of the finest scrimshaw. - Publishers Weekly
  • [An] expansive yarn…in lilting prose. - The New Yorker

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Cooke International



rights sold: Italian (World), Polish (World), English (UK and US), French (Canada)

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 352

publication date: 08/11/2009

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript