The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel by Katherine GovierThe Three Sisters Bar and Hotel by Katherine Govier

The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel

byKatherine Govier

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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A landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada’s most accomplished writers, author of The Ghost Brush and Fables of Brunswick Avenue

Gateway, Alberta, 1911. The coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies has brought a parade of newcomers to the heavenly Bow Valley—climbers, coal miners, artists, scientists, runaway aristocrats and remittance men. Among the latter is the poacher Herbie Wishart, who arrived on a one-way ticket and has reinvented himself as a trail guide and teller of tall tales.

Herbie becomes outfitter for a fossil-hunting expedition headed by a prominent Washington, D.C., archaeologist. Rumours say that the findings of the secrecy-shrouded Hodgson expedition, as it comes to be known, could overturn all previous knowledge about early life forms. Brought along to help in the quarry for the summer are Hodgson’s adult children, mopey Humphrey and the captivating Isabel, with whom Herbie strikes up a campside alliance. But when an early snowstorm hits and trailside grudges come to a head, the expedition mysteriously disappears. The tragedy threatens to stain the Rocky Mountain park’s reputation just as its newly elected government overseers begin to sell the pristine Canadian wilderness to the world. Despite all efforts from that year on to solve, or bury, the mystery, the disappearance will haunt Gateway, and define the futures of Herbie Wishart and his stubbornly female descendants.

The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is at once sweeping and intimate, and bursting with heart, wit and larger-than-life characters who rival the Rocky Mountain landscape for sheer brio. Katherine Govier proves she is one of Canada’s master storytellers with this new novel, which is a groundbreaking portrait of Western Canada’s past, with all its contradictions and complexities, an intimate story of romance and family, and a tantalizing historical—and prehistorical—mystery.


“Lavishly researched and brilliant. . . . Govier astonishes throughout in her ability to write epic themes intimately. . . . Lyrical, absorbing, and intense.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

KATHERINE GOVIER’s most recent novel,The Ghost Brush, is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker Hokusai. It was published in the United States asThe Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec and Japan. Katherine’s novelCreation, about John James Audubon in Labrador, was aNew York TimesNotable Boo...
Title:The Three Sisters Bar and HotelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144343664X

ISBN - 13:9781443436649

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Story Great book for getting a history of the area. A great story of past and present. Reads like an epic story with a multitude to different characters and periods over a wide span of time.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sweeping Saga and a Richly Textured Tale There are a handful of authors on my “gotta have it” list. Whenever one of them come outs with a new novel, I pre-order it and impatiently await its arrival. Katherine Govier is on that list. (Confession: It did take me quite a while to getting around to writing a review.) The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is another historical fiction gem. As with all of Govier’s works, it is extensively and meticulously researched. It takes the reader back to 1911 in Bow Valley in the Canadian Rockies to tell the story of the ill-fated fossil hunting expedition of Professor Hodgson and their trail guide Herbie Wishart who becomes enamoured with Hodgson’s daughter Isabel. The narrative alternates between 1911 and 2011 when an aging Walter and Iona arrive in Gateway with their three daughters in tow. The connecting thread? The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel. And, oh yes, a secondary storyline that adds another layer to the richly textured tale. It is a sweeping saga that showcases Govier’s mastery as a storyteller and literary fiction novelist. At 50 chapters and 470 plus pages, it is a lengthy read but worth every minute!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I bought 2 of her books after reading this book I borrowed from the library. We have a condo in Canmore and the book was a great read and very informative about the origins of the area.
Date published: 2016-06-24