City Wolves: Historical Fiction by Dorris Heffron

City Wolves: Historical Fiction

byDorris Heffron

Kobo ebook | March 2, 2010

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A moving historical tale and remarkable literary achievement, City Wolves is the story of Canada's first woman veterinarian, Meg Wilkinson. Born in 1870 on a farm near Halifax, Meg's childhood experience with wolves makes her determined to be a veterinarian. Supported by the seemingly eccentric Randolph Oliphant and inspired by the ancient Inuit who first turned wolves into sled dogs, Meg surpasses the horse doctors at vet college and becomes the notorious 'dog doctor of Halifax' in the 1890s. After her unusual marriage ends abruptly in Boston, Meg travels to Vancouver and up to the Yukon, seeking the legendary sled dogs. Arriving at the beginning of the Klondike gold rush, she makes her way amidst Mounties, dance hall girls, Klondike Kings, mushers, priests and swindlers...all the mangy and magnificent people, dogs and spirits that populated raucous Dawson City.

Observed through the restless spirit of Inuit Ike, this is lively, insightful, historical fiction, subtly revealing the wolf-like nature of humans and the human nature of wolves. Both earthy and reflective, City Wolves is an important story told with compassion, humour and unflinching realism. In this her fifth novel, Dorris Heffron has created a wide range of unforgettable characters and achieved a breadth of vision exploring the deep conflicts and interconnection of social beings in a way that is uniquely Canadian and profoundly universal.

Title:City Wolves: Historical FictionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 2, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926577213

ISBN - 13:9781926577210

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! I bought this book in store a coupe years back and let it sit on my shelf just not getting around to read it.. big mistake! About 100 pages in, I got totally hooked. I loved Meg's character, loved the history of the book, the descendents from wolves to Alaskan Malamutes, the plight of the first Canadian female vet, and even found parts quite inspiring! I recommend this book to any dog lover, or to any woman who ever wanted to be a vet when they were little, as I did :)
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For a Vet who loved to work with sled dogs (and people) Great What is it? Historical Fiction? Yes, but also a great yarn about many fascinating characters. First female Vet in Canada born 1870 who ends up in Klondike gold rush tending sled dogs after an "interesting " life in Halifax. Great character development. A great read, like her earlier books. Was sorry when it ended.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A discovery A book I purchased for the cover and hidden inside was actually a fascinating story. Early on the book is set in Halifax, around 1890. It was a bit slow getting going but by the time City Wolves moves to the Yukon for the gold rush I was completely drawn in. For one thing, this is not a historic time and place that I was very familiar with and felt I learned about a notable time in history. The side stories with Ike & Piji bothered me a bit as a distraction from the main story. At the same time, getting some insight into wolves being domesticated and carefully bred into the delightful Malamutes was completely interesting in it's own right. Leading lady Meg takes roads I'd never imagined a woman of that time could follow and in the process meets many fascinating characters. Maybe, it was a bit too much story for one book but taking each part on it's own merits - it was a very satisfying read.
Date published: 2009-02-22