A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage
Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape

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The vagaries of Stegner’s reputation aside, Savage is firmly grounded in a kind of pantheism — a mode of belief dominant in nature writing in Canada — and an attachment to aboriginals as witnesses of that pantheism.
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•Finalist, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

When Candace Savage and her partner buy a house in the romantic little town of Eastend, she has no idea what awaits her. At first she enjoys exploring the area around their new home, including the boyhood haunts of the celebrated American writer Wallace Stegner, the back roads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons at the T.Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be found in the dust-dry hills. She also revels in her encounters with the wild inhabitants of this mysterious land-three coyotes in a ditch at night, their eyes glinting in the dark; a deer at the window; a cougar pussy-footing it through a gully a few minutes' walk from town.

But as Savage explores further, she uncovers a darker reality-a story of cruelty and survival set in the still-recent past--and finds that she must reassess the story she grew up with as the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders.

Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and imbued with Savage's passion for this place, A Geography of Blood offers both a shocking new version of plains history and an unforgettable portrait of the windswept, shining country of the Cypress Hills.
 

About Candace Savage

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Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. She is the author of the best-selling natural history titlesBird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows,Ravens, Magpies and JaysandPrairie: A Natural History, for which she won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and a Gold Medal fromForeWord Magazinein 2004. She is also a frequent contributor to numerous periodicals, includingCanadian Geographic. She lives in Saskatoon, SK.
 
Published August 4, 2012 by Greystone Books. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Sep 07 2012

The vagaries of Stegner’s reputation aside, Savage is firmly grounded in a kind of pantheism — a mode of belief dominant in nature writing in Canada — and an attachment to aboriginals as witnesses of that pantheism.

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