Into The Heart Of The Country by Pauline Holdstock

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What is most compelling about Into the Heart of the Country is its openness toward authenticity. The novel isn’t entirely historically accurate, nor does it pretend or claim to be. Instead, the novel skirts that conflicted debate and portrays the multitude of stories
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Book Description Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Set in eighteenth-century Canada, this compelling new novel takes the reader deep into unexplored territory. Appearing only fleetingly in the historical record of the Hudson?s Bay Company are the Native women who lived at the company?s Prince of Wales Fort and served as companions to the European traders -- and whose survival was bound, for better or worse, to the fortunes of those men. Across more than two centuries, the mixed-blood woman Molly Norton, daughter of Governor Moses and personal favourite of the explorer Samuel Hearne, speaks to us from her dreams. As the story of her liaison with Hearne unfolds, we move toward its tragic consequences. When their small society is torn apart, Molly and the other women find themselves and their children abandoned by their British masters. Now -- in one of history?s cruel ironies -- they must fend for themselves in the harsh country from which their own ancestors sprang. Unflinching, powerful and rich in moral ambiguity, Into the Heart of the Country explores a tragic meeting of cultures that still reverberates in the present day.
 

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PAULINE HOLDSTOCK’s novel Beyond Measure was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Holdstock’s other novels include The Blackbird’s Song , The Turning and The Burial Ground . She lives on Vancouver Island. Visit her online at paulineholdstock.com .
 
Published January 1, 2011 by Harpercollins.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Brooke Ford on Aug 15 2011

What is most compelling about Into the Heart of the Country is its openness toward authenticity. The novel isn’t entirely historically accurate, nor does it pretend or claim to be. Instead, the novel skirts that conflicted debate and portrays the multitude of stories

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