This is Thomas King's first literary novel in fifteen years and
follows on the success of the award-winning and bestselling The
Inconvenient Indian and his beloved Green Grass, Running
Water and Truth and Bright Water, both of which
continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities.
Green Grass, Running Water is widely considered a
contemporary Canadian classic.
In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke
River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she
returned with Gabriel's sister. The reserve is deserted after an
environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's
family and the local wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist
working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep and indirectly led to the
crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in
the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a
young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her and soon is
saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and
almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?
Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay and a
thorough knowledge of native myth and storytelling, this novel is a
masterpiece by one of our most important writers.