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Through Black Spruce
Winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize
From Joseph Boyden, internationally acclaimed author of Three Day Road, comes an astonishingly powerful novel of contemporary aboriginal life, full of the dangers and harsh beauty of both forest and city.

Will Bird is a legendary Cree bush pilot, now lying in a coma in a hospital in his hometown of Moose Factory, Ontario. His niece Annie Bird, beautiful and self-reliant, has returned from her own perilous journey to sit beside his bed. Broken in different ways, the two take silent communion in their unspoken kinship, and the story that unfolds is rife with heartbreak, fierce love, ancient blood feuds, mysterious disappearances, plane crashes, murders, and the bonds that hold a family, and a people, together. As Will and Annie reveal their secrets—the tragic betrayal that cost Will his family; Annie's desperate search for her missing sister, the famous model, Suzanne—a remarkable saga of resilience and destiny takes shape. From the dangerous bush country of Northern Ontario to the drug-fuelled glamour of the Manhattan club scene, Joseph Boyden tracks his characters with a keen eye and a rare empathy for the empty places concealed within the heart. Through Black Spruce establishes Boyden as a writer of startling originality and uncommon power.
 
 
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Three Day Road
Winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
Winner of the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year
Winner of the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Winner of the CAA MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction Silver Medal
Winner of the 2005 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year
Winner of the 20072008 London Reads Competition
Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction
A CBC Canada Reads Selection

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It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree medicine woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she grudgingly saw off to war has returned. She leaves her home in the bush of Northern Ontario to retrieve him, only to discover that the one she expected is actually the other.

Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, gravely wounded and addicted to the army's morphine, hovers somewhere between the living world and that of the dead. As Niska paddles him the three days home, she realizes that all she can offer in her attempt to keep him alive is her words, the stories of her life.

In turn, Xavier relates the horrifying years of war in Europe: he and his best friend, Elijah Whiskeyjack, prowled the battlefields of France and Belgium as snipers of enormous skill. As their reputations grew, the two young men, with their hand-sewn moccasins and extraordinary marksmanship, became both the pride and fear of their regiment as they stalked the ripe killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.

But what happened to Elijah? As Niska paddles deeper into the wilderness, both she and Xavier confront the devastation that such great conflict leaves in its wake.

Inspired in part by real-life World War I Ojibwa hero Francis Pegahmagabow, Three Day Road  reinvents the tradition of such Great War epics as Birdsong and All Quiet on the Western Front. Beautifully written and told with unblinking focus, it is a remarkable tale, one of brutality, survival, and rebirth.
 
 
Extraordinary Canadians Louis Riel & Gabriel Dumont

Joseph Boyden's novel Three Day Road  was an unforgettable portrait of two Native snipers in World War One. Here Boyden focuses on two warriors in an earlier battle for recognition of Aboriginal integrity: one a messianic Métis as much concerned with God as with protecting his people, the other a canny military strategist.
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