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Joseph Boyden is the author of a collection of stories. he is a regular contributor to a number of magazines in Canada. He divides his time between Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches English at the University of New Orleans.
A powerful and complex story. Contrasting the bleak Canadian wilderness with the bright lights of the city as a family tries not to fall apart but to find it's way. Haunting and beautifully written.
Niska, a female North American Indian, lives on her own in the wilderness of North Canada. The book starts with her going to collect one of two braves returning wounded from the 1914-18 war. She takes him back by canoe and during the long journey reflects on their previous life as she attempts to heal him from morphine withdrawal, appalling war memories and deep depression. It’s an extraordinary book, powerful, beautiful, deeply touching. Three days is the time it takes between dying and your spirit arriving in the North American Indian’s equivalent of heaven.Similar this month: Victoria Hislop, John Banville.Comparison: Ian McEwan, Pat Barker, Charles Frazier.