Michael Crummey's wistfully haunting novel, mesmerizing in its melancholy focus on how fateful and fleeting life is. Magnified all the more being set on an island, off the southern Newfoundland coast, with the lead character's on-going experiences interspersed and framed by memory spilling its contents into his consciousness. The notion of abandonment (people, place, opportunity) unnervingly acute. Sweetland offers a pearl of insight into life on the edge of Newfoundland.

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