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Flesh and Blood

A collection of stories by

Set in the mining town of Black Rock in central Newfoundland, the stories in Michael Crummey's Flesh and Blood touch on the lives of a number of families in different time periods. It's unusual to find Newfoundland fiction that makes minimal reference to fishermen or the sea, but the air in Black Rock doesn't smell of salt so much as rock dust. "Serendipity" is a story about love and love lost, and is a fine portrait of a boy's relationship with his apparently lucky father. "Diaspora" is a touching story about Karen, a girl so depressed by the wrangling of her parents that she decides she will never love. She eventually falls for a Chinese immigrant, however, and what she learns about her parents' relationship after her mother's death teaches her all she needs to know about the possibilities of love.

Though there is plenty of love, death, longing, and heartbreak in the stories, Crummey (River Thieves) manages to avoid sentimentality through earthy humor and a sharp eye for detail and striking similes, as in this view of Cabot Tower on Signal Hill in St. John's: "The stone tower was floodlit with stark white light, as if the building was being subjected to some relentless interrogation." Above all, Crummey creates characters that are fully human. He also knows when to stop: in story after story, he finds the perfect culmination, the line that explains just enough but not too much. A fine collection. --Mark Frutkin,

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Paperback Editions

January 2003 : USA Paperback

Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Michael Crummey
ISBN: 0-385-65927-X / 978-0-385-65927-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada, Limited
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1998 : Canada Paperback

Title: Flesh & blood: Stories
Author(s): Michael Crummey
ISBN: 0-88878-387-6 / 978-0-88878-387-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Beach Holme Pub Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition

Title: Flesh and Blood
Author(s): Michael Crummey
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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