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ISBN-10: 1590514343

ISBN-13: 9781590514344

Edition: 2011

Authors: Michael Crummey

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 3/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Canada on November 18, 1965. He received a BA in English from Memorial University in 1987. He pursued graduate work at Queen's University, but dropped out of the PhD program in 1989. In 1986, he entered and won the Gregory J. Power Poetry Contest at Memorial University. He was first published in the St. John's-based literary mag TickleAce. In 1994, he won the inaugural Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry. His first book of poetry, Arguments with Gravity, was published in 1996 and won the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry. His works include Hard Light, Emergency Roadside Assistance, and Flesh and Blood.

Mary Tryphena was four years old when her sister was born. She'd been told so little about life at the time she didn't even know her mother was pregnant. Her father walking her into the backcountry as far as Nigger Ralph's Pond one morning, showing her how to catch spanny-tickles in the shallows with the dip net of her palms. The infant girl asleep in her mother's arms when her grandmother came to fetch them back to the house that evening.-Who is that? Mary Tryphena asked.
This is your sister, Eathna, her mother said.-Found her in the turnip patch, naked as a fish.
It seemed too fanciful a notion to credit but she had to admit there was something vaguely turniplike about the bruised and nearly bald head of the child, the vulgar purple and pale white of the skin.