The Back of the Turtle: A Novel by Thomas KingThe Back of the Turtle: A Novel by Thomas King

The Back of the Turtle: A Novel

byThomas King

Paperback | December 30, 2014

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Winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction!

This is Thomas King’s first literary novel in 15 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 wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, 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 story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His acclaimed, bestselling fiction includesMedicine River;Truth and Bright Water;One Good Story,That One; andA Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions,Green Grass, Running Wat...
Title:The Back of the Turtle: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:December 30, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443446467

ISBN - 13:9781443446464


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible Though provoking and beautifully written. King weaves a stunning tale
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Read this book in 2 days! It was well-written and entertaing.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Such a wonderful book to read
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King is simply great What a great book. This is the second book I've read by King, as well as a bunch of his short stories. Unlike the Inconvenient Indian, this was fiction. But it was charming, engaging, a bit surreal, and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend his work.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The back of the turtle Fascinating wonderful !
Date published: 2014-10-16

Editorial Reviews

“King’s writing is sharp, the characters are well-drawn, and his topic is suitably grave.”