Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
A Novel

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A haunting novel of love, identity, and loss-from the internationally acclaimed author of Three Day Road

Beautifully written and startlingly original, Through Black Spruce takes the considerable talents of Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden to new and exciting heights. This is the story of two immensely compelling characters: Will Bird, a legendary Cree bush pilot who lies comatose in a remote Ontario hospital; and Annie Bird, Will's niece, a beautiful loner and trapper who has come to sit beside her uncle's bed. Broken in different ways, the two take silent communion in their unspoken kinship, revealing a story rife with heartbreak, fierce love, ancient feuds, mysterious disappearances, murders, and the bonds that hold a family, and a people, together. From the rugged Canadian wilderness to the drug-fueled glamour of the Manhattan club scene, this is thrilling, atmospheric storytelling at its finest.

About Joseph Boyden

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JOSEPH BOYDEN's first novel, Three Day Road, published in eleven languages, was selected for the Today show book club and was a finalist for Canada's Governor General's Award for Fiction. He divides his time between northern Ontario and Louisiana.
Published March 3, 2009 by Penguin Books. 380 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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He assigns to her a hunky mute Indian who materializes at crucial moments to save her as she slips into the world of designer drugs and modeling that swallowed her sister.

Mar 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Through Black Spruce: A Novel


Some of the main characters in this book’s group of Cree people living in and around James Bay are descended from the main character, Xavier Bird - the main character from Boyden’s previous work, Three Day Road.

Dec 29 2008 | Read Full Review of Through Black Spruce: A Novel

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