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Same Ground

Same Ground is a book by Russell Wangersky.

Russell Wangersky

The book cover is an illustration of a white curving path winding through a landscape of red, orange, pink and purple hills and mountains.

Wangersky's great-great-grandfather crossed the continent in search of gold in 1849. William Castle Dodge was his name, and he was 22 years old. He wrote a diary of that eventful journey that comes into the author's hands 160 years later. And typically, quixotically, Wangersky decides to follow Dodge's westward trail across the great bulging middle of America, not in search of gold but something even less likely: that elusive thing called family.

What ensues becomes this story, by turns hilarious and profound, about a very long trip — by car, in Wangersky's case, and on mule and foot in Dodge's. Interweaving his experiences on the road with Dodge's diary, the author contemplates the human need to hunt for roots and meaning as he — and Dodge — encounter immigrants who risk everything to be somewhere else, while only glimpsing those who are there already and who want to hold onto their claim in the stream of human migration.

Same Ground is a story about what time washes away and what persists — and what we might find, unexpectedly, if we go looking. (From ECW Press

Russell Wangersky is a journalist, columnist and award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer. Based in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, he is the author of several books, including the 2015 psychological thriller novel Waltmemoir Burning Down the House and short fiction collection The Hour of Bad Decisions. His book Whirl Away was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012.

Interviews with Russell Wangersky

Giller nominee Russell Wangersky, author of Whirl Away

10 years ago
Duration 4:50
Journalist and author Russell Wangersky talks to CBC about his Giller-nominated short story collection Whirl Away, an artful batch of tales that explore the notions of choice and fate.
He has his rented tuxedo, so now it's just a case of waiting for the big gala on Tuesday. Author and Giller Prize nominee Russell Wangersky talks to Nancy about his short story collection entitled "Whirl Away."
Feature: Russell Wangersky
Russell Wangersky is a well know newspaper columnist in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was nominated for the Giller Prize and won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for his novel "Whirl Away". His non fiction book "Burning Down the House Fighting F

 

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