Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals by Jim NasonSpirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals by Jim Nason

Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals

byJim Nason

Paperback | October 15, 2017

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Skye Rayburn, a somewhat eccentric but well-respected veterinarian, always had a troubled relationship with her daughter Moira. When Moira is killed in a car accident, Skye has no choice but to take in her two-year-old grandson Duncan. Maybe this time she will "get it right." Over the years, Skye creates a diary: Life Lessons for Duncan. This diary, a surreal blend of fact and fiction, catalogues human and animal characteristics?their similarities and differences, as well as their complex interdependencies, which she hopes will help Duncan understand his now-homeless father, his mother's death and her own heartbreaking secrets. As her story unfolds we learn how her life choices have, at times, contradicted her alleged love of c hildren and animals. In the summer of 2011, Skye, now 91, finds herself alone when Duncan is invited to show his art at the Edinburgh Festival. Skye must make peace with what she's done and Duncan must to come to terms with who he is.
Award-winning author Jim Nason has published five poetry collections as well as a short story collection. Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals is his third novel. His stories, essays and poems have been published in journals and anthologies across Canada and the US, including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008, 2010 and 2014 a...
Title:Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead AnimalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2017Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1773240218

ISBN - 13:9781773240213

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing and colourful This a lovely book full of interesting and complex characters. The main character Skye is a veterinarian in a small Ontario town and while great with animals, she is not always comfortable with people. And yet she does a masterful job raising her grandson, Duncan whom she adopts after tragedy strikes. The author has done a wonderful job of developing these two main characters. The deep love between Skye and Duncan is palatable and it's a joy to read as hey make their way through life, both making new discoveries and choices. Skye develops a journal of life for Duncan which is beautifully outlined and illustrated throughout the book. This is a masterful book, which is carefully constructed and left me wanting more. Maybe there's a sequel here?
Date published: 2017-11-04