A Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 Book
From the publisher:
From internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden comes an astonishingly powerful novel of contemporary aboriginal life, full of the dangers and harsh beauty of both forest and city. When beautiful Suzanne Bird disappears, her sister Annie, a loner and hunter, is compelled to search for her, leaving behind their uncle Will, a man haunted by loss.While Annie travels from Toronto to New York, from modelling studios to A-list parties,Will encounters dire troubles at home. Both eventually come to painful discoveries about the inescapable ties of family. Through Black Spruce is an utterly unforgettable consideration of how we discover who we really are.
Praise for Through Black Spruce:
"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
"Powerful and powerfully told. . .Much of this novel reflects its crisp, poetic title...Will speaks with the straight-faced good humor of Louise Erdrich's Nanapush...in the novel's most moving section, Will flees to live along in wilderness few people ever even see. It's an experience beautifully rendered in the raw poetry of Boyden's prose." --The Washington Post
From CBC Archives:
Shelagh's extended conversation with Joseph Boyden and Richard Wagamese about storytelling as redemption from The Next Chapter: