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Through Black Spruce


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Fascinating portrait of the contemporary world versus the traditional North Indian world. Great for reading groups - a word of mouth book Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road was shortlisted for major Canadian prizes and was a top ten bestseller in their charts. It received this praise: "A beautifully written and haunting story of survival and innocence shattered, of friendship, death, redemption and love of the land. The three protagonists, Xavier, Elijah and Niska will be in my heart forever. Please, please don't miss it!" Isabel Allende

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Joseph Boyden is a Canadian with Irish, Scottish and Metis roots. His first novel, THREE DAY ROAD, has been published in ten languages. It was shortlisted for the Governor Generals Award for Fiction. He divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches writing at the University of New Orleans.


Joseph Boyden's novel is, simply, beautiful: you will lose yourself in the richness of its prose and the ever-deepening puzzles it inveigles you into. THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE is fluent, involving fiction, and as good an advertisement as any for unforgiving wilderness living. - THE TIMES - Tim TeemanThis complex and interesting novel is all about strong family bonds. - HOT STARSa remarkable view into a lost world dismantled so brutally by the white 'wemestikushu'... Boyden guides us through customs, mythologies and rituals that attend life in the bush. - TLSmesmerising. In the wild, dreams are prophetic and spiritual truths revealed... his characters are most moving when revelations occur in small, quite moments. - THE INDEPENDENT - Julie WheelwrightIt is a powerful novel of place and the ties that bind families... A fine achievement, Through Black Spruce is extraordinary. - IRISH EXAMINERlove, betrayal and loss in the wild and frozen Canadian wilderness. A strangely haunting read. - CHOICEAlternating between life at its most elemental and most decadent, Boyden's tale skilfully reflects the Indians' struggle to embrace modern society. - MAIL ON SUNDAY - Anthony Gardner

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