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Publisher's Summary

Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.
©2008 Joseph Boyden (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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"[A]n intelligent, multilayered accomplishment, and well worth reading." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Ruth on 05-24-09

A pleasure to listen to

The author acknowledges native life, and its shortcomings, but it doesn't own his characters, or the book.
Very realistic wilderness scenarios, not tidy, nor idyllic.
Exceptionally well read, wonderful parallels between predators in the many worlds inhabited by the characters.
Would love to listen to Boyden's first book " Three Day Road"

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By Timothy on 09-01-09

A writer to watch

This is a really fine book. Having read Boyden's previous book, Three Day Road, I wondered how the narrator would handle the "Cree English' dialogue that makes Boyden's writing so authentic. He got it right, in my opinion.
Both of his books have changed, forever, my understanding of the impact of European settlement on First Nation's people, without feeling that I was being preached to. Joseph Boyden is one talented writer.

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By Exarabia on 04-14-13

Nothing but praise

This is a powerful story of family ties, betrayal, enduring love, and unfathomable hope. Boyden portrays the vast northern wilderness, the conflict between 'progress' and 'the old ways', the attitudes of the young, and the battlefield of drink and drug abuse with a compassion that brings tears to one's eyes. He writes beautifully.

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By stargazer on 02-25-15

It really takes you there!!

Through Black Spruce is one of the most wonderful
Books/audio books I have ever read or listened to! James and Ali are perfect and you are right there with them. I had the pleasure of meeting Joseph Boyden last year when I was in Toronto. Thank you for a fabulous book Sue from Hereford UK

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