★ Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
US Ecco Press (June 2012, Ed. Dan Halpern, 521 pages)
Canada HarperCollins (Ed. Iris Tupholme)
UK & Comm Bloomsbury Publishing (Ed. Alexandra Pringle)
Barnes & Noble Best of 2012
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012
Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2012
Vogue Top Ten Books of 2012
Winner of the Prix Femina in France 2013
The distinguished modern American master and Pulitzer-Prize winning author makes his Ecco debut with this haunting and elemental novel about a young man forced by catastrophic circumstance to reconcile himself to a world that has been rendered unrecognizable.
“First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later. “
When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank, his sense of a happy, knowable life is forever shattered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life across a threshold that can never be uncrossed.
His parents’ arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Del is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American, whose suave reserve masks a dark and violent nature.
Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery and arrest, Del struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew and loved. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.
A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada
is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare elegant prose, resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.