Into the Heart of the Country

Hardcover | March 14, 2011

byPauline Holdstock

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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 traders—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. Now—in one of history’s cruel ironies—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.

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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 traders—and whose survival was bound, for betteror worse, to the fortunes of those men.Ac...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.35 inPublished:March 14, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554686342

ISBN - 13:9781554686346

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