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By Jane Urquhart

ISBN-10: 0771086504

ISBN-13: 9780771086502

A beautiful, evocative novel set in eire and Canada, Away lines a family's complicated and layered previous. The narrative unfolds with shimmering readability, and takes us from the cruel northern Irish coast within the 1840s to the quarantine stations at Grosse Isle and the hardly hospitable land of the Canadian guard; from the flourishing city of Port desire to the flooded streets of Montreal; from Ottawa on the time of Confederation to a large-windowed residence on the fringe of a very good Lake in the course of the today's. swish and relocating, Away unites the non-public and the political because it explores the main inner most, usually darkest corners of our feelings the place the issues that root us to ourselves undergo. strong, complicated, lyrical, Away is an unforgettable novel.

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Although Sioux dogs had the best reputation as watchdogs, even they would sometimes ignore horse thieves making a bold night raid. At least dogs can be eaten. Dogs were the main dish in the Dog Feast of the Plains Cree, while the Gros Ventre, Sioux, and Assiniboine also considered dog a great delicacy. Yet the Blackfoot never consumed dog meat, and some other Indian nations might only do so under starvation conditions. In other aspects of dog management there was also great diversity of practice among the New World peoples.

I was both grateful and nervous that I was being entrusted with such a valuable animal on a handshake; Serge, on the other hand, seemed unconcerned. Well used to travel, he quickly curled asleep in the back ofthe truck on the return journey into the Qu’Appelle Valley. The slopes around Katepwa Lake, where I had rented a cottage for the summer, were ideal terrain for training. As the valley runs west to east, the valley slopes generally face north or south. South-facing slopes tend to be dried out by the sun, while the cooler and damper north-facing slopes tend to be too thick with bush to allow travois travel.

Our route through patches of marsh and slough turned and twisted as much as the unseen river itself. Distrusting their own footing, the horses on the far side of the fence abandoned their shadowing exercise and moved off somewhere to the east in their pasture. When finally we reached the river’s edge, both of us were, despite our best efforts, already soaked up to our respective thighs. Yet, crucially, the baggage was still dry and I was intent on keeping it that way. In August of 1807 Henry and his party had faced a similar problem when trying to cross the Cypress River, a tributary to the Assiniboine.

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