Beach Reads: “Barkskins”

“Barkskins” by Annie Proulx

General Fiction/Historical/Literary
Publication Date: January 28, 2016

In her first standalone novel since 2002, Annie Proulx takes us to 17th Century America and engrosses us in the tale of two impoverished French woodsmen, who after great hardships, create successful dynasties. “Barkskins” tells their sweeping saga, which includes the fates of two families and numerous fascinating characters over the course of 300 years of American history. The 736 page hardcover is literally not a light read but draws you in until you are eventually devouring it page by page.

This book is available in print at the Avalon Free Public Library, and as an eBook online through the library’s website. All Cape May County residents are eligible for library cards at the Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd St., Avalon. For book availability and other information, call (609) 967-7155 or visit