“The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx was first published in 1993. The present novel was the result of several letters and comments that the author had received after the publication of her first novel, which according to the readers and reviewers seemed dark.
The present novel was an experiment in writing a novel with a happy ending. Annie Proulx decided to discover the happiness that resulted from the absence of pain and not because of the presence of euphoria. It was obviously a difficult task but she did succeed in creating the novel that got widely accepted and admired.
Ready Reference Treatise: The Shipping News
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis