A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape

August 26, 2012|
A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape by Candace Savage
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*Finalist, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

When Candace Savage and her partner buy a house in the romantic little town of Eastend, she has no idea what awaits her. At first she enjoys exploring the area around their new home, including the boyhood haunts of the celebrated American writer Wallace Stegner, the back roads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons at the T.Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be found in the dust-dry hills. She also revels in her encounters with the wild inhabitants of this mysterious land-three coyotes in a ditch at night, their eyes glinting in the dark; a deer at the window; a cougar pussy-footing it through a gully a few minutes' walk from town.

But as Savage explores further, she uncovers a darker reality-a story of cruelty and survival set in the still-recent past--and finds that she must reassess the story she grew up with as the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders.

Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and imbued with Savage's passion for this place, A Geography of Blood offers both a shocking new version of plains history and an unforgettable portrait of the windswept, shining country of the Cypress Hills.

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. She is the author of the best-selling natural history titles Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies and Jays and Prairie: A Natural History, for which she won two Saskatchewa...
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Title:A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 6 X 1 in
Published:August 26, 2012
Publisher:Greystone Books
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9781553652342

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