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The Last Crossing

Guy Vanderhaeghe's Canada Reads–winning novel takes readers on an epic journey that ranges from the American West to Victorian England and Saskatchewan.

Guy Vanderhaeghe

Set in the late 19th century, The Last Crossing takes readers on an epic journey that ranges from the wilds of the American West to Victorian England and Saskatchewan. Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are on a quest to find their long-lost brother. In the course of their search, they are joined by a posse of fellow travellers, each with their own story. In Guy Vanderhaeghe's gripping frontier tale, where honour, loyalty and love are at stake, drama unfolds at every turn and justice is served in unconventional ways.

The Last Crossing was the winner of Canada Reads 2004. It was defended by Jim Cuddy.

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Until Addington attempted to requisition this room for his own use, I was disgusted by the state of it, the very room which the proprietor boasts is the finest the Overland Hotel has to offer. Pure luxury, a maple commode, a dresser missing one drawer, a bed which customarily sleeps two gentlemen, an unsteady deal table upon which to write, a ladderback chair carved with the initials of former guests of the establishment, peeling, dirty blue wallpaper emblazoned with silver fleur-de-lys.


From The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe ©2002. Published by McClelland & Stewart.

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Author Guy Vanderhaeghe discusses the pros and cons of writing one's best work. 20:47

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Guy Vanderhaeghe's 19th-century western tale is the official pick for Canada Reads 2004. 27:52