A geography of blood : unearthing memory from a prairie landscape

Published 2012
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When Candace Savage and her partner buy a house in the romantic little town of Eastend, she has no idea what awaits her. At first, she enjoys exploring the area around their new home, including the boyhood haunts of the celebrated American writer Wallace Stegner, the backroads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons at the T. Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be found in the dust-dry hills. She also revels in her encounters with the wild inhabitants of this mysterious land -- two coyotes in a ditch at night, their eyes glinting in the dark; a deer at the window; a cougar pussy-footing it through a gully a few minutes' walk from town. But as Savage explores further, she uncovers a darker reality -- a story of cruelty and survival set in the still-recent past -- and finds that she must reassess the story she grew up with as the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders.

213 pages : map ; 23 cm
"Editing by Nancy Flight"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, 2012.
Getting there
The Stegner house
Digging in
Ravenscrag Road
Stone circles
Chimney Coulee
Modern times
Fort Walsh
The humger camp
Creation stories
Home truth.
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