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Through Black Spruce

Through Black Spruce
Author Joseph Boyden
Country Canada
Genre Canadian Literature, First Nations
Publisher Penguin Canada
Publication date
September 9, 2008
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 360 p. (Viking Canada (Penguin Group) hardcover edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-670-06363-5 (Penguin Group Canada)
OCLC 225774686
Preceded by Three Day Road
Followed by The Orenda

Through Black Spruce is a novel by Canadian writer Joseph Boyden, published in 2008 by Viking Press. It is Boyden's second novel and third published book.

Through Black Spruce was named the winner of the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize on November 11, 2008.[1]

Plot summary

Through Black Spruce is set in Moosonee, Ontario and is narrated by Will Bird and his niece Annie Bird with the narration switching between chapters.

Will, a former bush pilot, is in a coma. Over the course of the novel Will recounts the events of the previous year which led to him being in a coma to his nieces, Annie and Suzanne. Meanwhile, in the present day, Annie recounts the previous year of her life and her sojourns to Toronto, Montreal and New York City to a comatose Will in an attempt to help to revive him from his coma.


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