Canaan: A Novel by Donald McCaigCanaan: A Novel by Donald McCaig

Canaan: A Novel

byDonald McCaig

Paperback | January 29, 2008

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Canaan fills a vast canvas. Its points of reference are Richmond in the throes of Reconstruction; the trading floors of Wall Street; a Virginia plantation; and the Great Plains, where the splendidly arrogant George Custer—Yellowhair—rides to his fate against Sitting Bull’s warriors.

This is the story of America over twenty years of its most turbulent history. The characters are black, white, and red, ex-Union and ex-Confederate; and the principal narrator is a Santee woman She Goes Before who marries an ex-slave. Through her eyes we witness the hanging of her father by whites in the mass execution of 1863, Red Cloud’s banquet with President Grant, and that final confrontation on the bluffs above the Little Bighorn.

Donald McCaig, the author of Jacob’s Ladder, Rhett Butler’s People and Canaan. He and his wife, Anne, work a sheep farm in the western mountains of Virginia.
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Title:Canaan: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039333046X

ISBN - 13:9780393330465

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Tantalizing. A flawless orchestration…Especially masterful is the trail-driving sequence, which is a model of concision, unshowy research and the easy authority of a novelist working with material he intuitively gets. — Stephen Harrigan (Washington Post Book World)Well-paced language and haunting imagery…[Canaan is] an affecting historical novel, recounted with compassion. — BooklistMcCaig takes readers on a tour of war-ravaged Virginia…he weaves together dazzling strands of story. McCaig has spun pure gold. — Vick Mickunas (Dayton Daily News)Canaan is a huge, dusty Manifest Destiny of a story that details the false starts and lost opportunities of the Reconstruction era. — Roanoke Times