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The Back of the Turtle

by Thomas King

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 2, 2014 | Hardcover |

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 5.91 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443431621

ISBN - 13: 9781443431620

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Back of the Turtle

The Back of the Turtle

by Thomas King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 5.91 × 11.02 × 0.79 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443431621

ISBN - 13: 9781443431620

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

THOMAS KING is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions, Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire's Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King recently retired as a professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Short History of Indians in Canada , Winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and the Aboriginal Fiction Book of the Year: “King revels in a playful but provocative magic realism...he has long since developed a distinctive voice and vision… A master craftsman at work... In A Short History , we see King at work and at play in various narrative traditions: fable, tall tale, realistic story, magic-realist story. He ranges across these modes as well, mixing and matching the farcical, the irreverent and the political...Familiar and yet happily unpredictable.” —Ken McGoogan, The Globe and Mail “King’s stories of native life in Canada are funny and surreal, sharp-edged and darkly tinted.” —H.J. Kirchhoff, The Globe and Mail “Ultimately, A Short History of Indians in Canada can be read purely for its exuberance, storytelling and wit, but there's no reason for the reader to settle for charm and escapism when, with just a little digging, you can have so much more.” — Toronto Star “King’s readers are accustomed to getting hit by the unexpected, and this book is no exception.” — National Post “King [has a] consistent and charming voice [which] lends the volume unity.” — Quill & Quire “The great delight of Thomas King's Short History is that it seems to put into print, destined for a big audience, material you might hear when Canada's native elder intelligensia are joking around a campfire or coffee table.” — NOW Magazine “The tales [King] spins move modern
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