The Back of the Turtle by Thomas KingThe Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

The Back of the Turtle

byThomas King

Hardcover | September 30, 2017

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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 TurtleFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:528 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443431621

ISBN - 13:9781443431620


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Excellent novel. Well written with interesting characters and plot development
Date published: 2018-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely relevant I literally could not put this thick book down and I cried when it ended because I wanted to read MORE no matter how devastating the truth in it can be. Thomas King doesn't fck around with his writing yo
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I enjoyed reading such a unique and insightful book. Having never read Thomas King before I was not quite sure what to expect but I was not disappointed. I enjoyed reading it and will be sure to seek out his other books.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future The message I got from reading this is Thomas King has a talent for building complex characters with many layers to the plot mixes everything up and then brings a soothing end to his story. He is not clever and now I am a fan. This read is my second for King and now I must get the rest of his books.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful novel I was very pleased to read this book. Thomas King has become a much more accomplished prose writer (up from just being very good). Insightful, thoughtful and moving. I loved it. It made a great Christmas present for my family members too. David
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shell game Thomas King has written another multi layered novel where what's going on is like a shell game. Just when you think you've figured it out he surprises you. This is social commentary that operates on many levels and entertains at the same time.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I am so glad I did buy this book. I found that I loved Mr. King's sense of humour in "The Inconvenient Indian" and I discovered it again in this book. I would even read a paragraph VERY SERIOUSLY and then realize "hey, that was really funny" and read it again. I enjoyed every character and didn't want the book to end. The whole sad thing about the book is that it could very easily come true!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed It It was a great story. I loved the quirky characters and the humour and the element of suspense.
Date published: 2014-10-22

Editorial Reviews

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