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by Annie Proulx
- Language: english
- Publisher: Scribner
- Genres: fiction, historical, canada, nature, literature, unfinished, novels
- ISBN: 9780743288781 (0743288785)
- Format: hardcover, 717 pages
- Awards: Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2017), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Fiction (2016)
- Release date: June 14, 2016
- Author: Annie Proulx
About The Book
In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters — barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years — their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions — the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.
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