- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult; First American Edition edition (March 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670020575
- ISBN-13: 978-0670020577
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through Black Spruce: A Novel Hardcover – March 19, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Following up on the success of Three Day Road, Boyden delivers the powerful story of former bush pilot and Cree native Will Bird. The novel opens with Will in a coma, with his niece Annie, who just returned from an eight-month excursion in search of her sister, by his side. Narrated by Will and Annie, the story backtracks to tell of Will's fight to keep his bush-country Indian life alive and protected while he suppresses painful childhood memories (and befriends an old bear). Annie, a skillful hunter and animal trapper, dictates her escapades after rushing off to New York City in pursuit of her sister, Suzanne, a model who has shacked up with a member of the narcotics-smuggling Netmakers family. As Will struggles to survive and Annie reintegrates into the isolated bush, the two stories dovetail as the Netmakers cross paths with Will. Though the incongruously melodramatic denouement doesn't fit with the richly textured narrative preceding it, the novel as a whole is an intelligent, multilayered accomplishment, and well worth reading. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Joseph Boyden is a mixed-blood Canadian writer. After extensive travel, he studied at the University of New Orleans, where he is currently writer-in-residence. His first novel, Three Day Road, published in eleven languages, was selected for the Today Show Book Club and was a finalist for the Governor GeneralÂs Award for Fiction.