The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
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The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours, and hard-won redemption. Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, set off to remote Fort Benton on the edge of the Montana frontier. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, a half Blackfoot, half Scot guide, to lead them North, where Simon was last seen. Addington takes command of the mission, buying enough provisions to fill two wagons, and hires sycophantic journalist Caleb Ayto to record the journey for posterity. As the party heads out, it grows to include the fiery Lucy Stoveall, Civil War veteran Custis Straw, and saloonkeeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each one of them to confront personal demons. Told from alternating points of view with vivid flashbacks, The Last Crossing is a novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew.
 

About Guy Vanderhaeghe

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Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Saskatchewan in 1951. He is the author of six books of fiction, including The Englishman's Boy, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and for Best Book of the Year; and the bestseller, The Last Crossing, a Book Sense 76 Selection and winner of Canada Reads 2004 and the CBA Libris Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 420 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Action & Adventure, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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There’s fur and whiskey to be traded, land to be seized, and stories to be told, by such wanderers as: Civil War veteran Custis Straw, resourceful American journalist Caleb Ayto, and devious tavernkeeper Aloysius Dooley, plucky Lucy Stoveall, who’s determined to avenge the murder of her young sis...

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What the Canadian finally reveals causes Charles to consider a last crossing, which (needless to say) signifies more than the physical crossing of an ocean.

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It is a romantic - if tragically so - ending and, in our mercilessly faux-realist culture, it is an artistically brave move, though luckily the book's virile North American elements will spare it from any modish censure.

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He thinks Simon is a ''little, pecksniffing, pious ass,'' but he can't wait to take on one of the region's fabled grizzly bears, preferably when he's naked and carrying just his archery set, ''the ancient arms of the English yeoman.'' The Gaunts hire Jerry Potts, a half-Indian, half-Scottish ...

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