The Shipping News by Annie Proulx won the Pulitzer Prize back in 1994 and I can see why it might have won that prestigious award. The themes are very strong, the character growth is unique, and the setting has a tangible effect on the entire story. Unfortunately, I absolutely hated to read this book. The summary of the book online is a much better read than the actual book. The sentences are short and choppy, stopping the reader from total immersion. The main character is extremely boring and someone that people walk all over. The plot is meandering, without any focus or tension. Finally, the dialogue is difficult to wade through and not engaging in any way. Most of the story felt like listening to people tell you a story that had nothing to do with the actual story. I just had a hard time reading this book and unfortunately, it was a book club book, so I could not stop reading it. This is a challenging read and may really appeal to academic readers but I just couldn’t get into it.