The Shipping News is a novel by E. Annie Proulx about Quoyle, a newspaper man who returns to his ancestral home in Newfoundland. Quoyle's parents commit suicide, his abusive wife Petal sells their daughters to sex traffickers and, after Petal dies in a car accident, his daughters are returned and they move to Newfoundland. There he begins to rebuild his life, working for a newspaper and learning horrible secrets about his ancestors.

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