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Into the Heart of the Country

by Pauline Holdstock

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 14, 2011 | Hardcover

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Set in eighteenth-century Churchill, this compelling newnovel takes the reader deep into unexplored territory. Appearingonly fleetingly in the historical record of the Hudson’sBay Company are the Native women who lived at the company’sPrince of Wales Fort and served as “country wives†to theEuropean tradersâ€"and whose survival was bound, for betteror worse, to the fortunes of those men.

Across more than two centuries, the mixed-blood womanMary Norton, daughter of Governor Moses and personal favouriteof the explorer Samuel Hearne, speaks to us from herdreams. As the story of her liaison with Hearne unfolds, wemove toward its tragic consequences. When their small societyis torn apart by a French attack on the fort, Mary and the otherwomen find themselves and their children abandoned by theirBritish masters. Nowâ€"in one of history’s cruel ironiesâ€"theymust fend for themselves in the harsh country from which theirown ancestors sprang.

Unflinching, powerful and rich in moral ambiguity, thishaunting novel explores a tragic meeting of cultures that stillreverberates in the present day.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: March 14, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686342

ISBN - 13: 9781554686346

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Into the Heart of the Country

Into the Heart of the Country

by Pauline Holdstock

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: March 14, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686342

ISBN - 13: 9781554686346

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Set in eighteenth-century Churchill, this compelling newnovel takes the reader deep into unexplored territory. Appearingonly fleetingly in the historical record of the Hudson’sBay Company are the Native women who lived at the company’sPrince of Wales Fort and served as “country wives†to theEuropean tradersâ€"and whose survival was bound, for betteror worse, to the fortunes of those men.

Across more than two centuries, the mixed-blood womanMary Norton, daughter of Governor Moses and personal favouriteof the explorer Samuel Hearne, speaks to us from herdreams. As the story of her liaison with Hearne unfolds, wemove toward its tragic consequences. When their small societyis torn apart by a French attack on the fort, Mary and the otherwomen find themselves and their children abandoned by theirBritish masters. Nowâ€"in one of history’s cruel ironiesâ€"theymust fend for themselves in the harsh country from which theirown ancestors sprang.

Unflinching, powerful and rich in moral ambiguity, thishaunting novel explores a tragic meeting of cultures that stillreverberates in the present day.

About the Author

PAULINE HOLDSTOCK's novel Beyond Measure was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Canada and Caribbean Region) and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and it won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Holdstock's other novels include The Blackbird's Song, which was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Turning and The Burial Ground. She lives on Vancouver Island.

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“Into the Heart of the Country succeeds in being both visionary and bracingly real -- hallucinatory yet dramatically vivid -- populated both by ghosts and by a richly, desperately human cast.Her achievement here is beyond doubt and cause for acclaim.â€
- Steven Heighton, author of Afterlands and Every Lost Country ()
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