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The White Bone A Novel

Barbara Gowdy

Picador

0312264127

9780312264123

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336 Pages

$18.00

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A tour de force of the imagination, The White Bone is a thrilling journey into the minds of African elephants as they struggle to survive in a land wracked by drought and slaughter. The story is told by Mud, who at the novel's opening has survived an attack on her family by ivory poachers. She finds herself at the center of a desperate quest for the White Bone: an object of mythic power which, if found, might lead the herd to safety and survival.

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"Inspired . . . A marvel of a book . . . The language, social structure, and intellectual and spiritual world of elephants are as real as the fabric of human life. Absolutely compelling."—Alice Munro

"Gowdy's chief accomplishment is that she manages genuinely to entrench us in the elephant psyche . . . Dazzling . . . Gowdy renders this arid African landscape with a subtle gorgeousness reminiscent of Isak Dinesen."—The Boston Globe

"Gowdy here performs her greatest creative feat yet . . . Gowdy conjures a vibrantly visceral world . . . The White Bone presents a lyrical educated guess on what elephant consciousness might feel like—including, most sadly and movingly, the perpetual threat of extinction."—Entertainment Weekly

"Fascinating . . . Through the course of The White Bone we come to care about the elephants as much as we would humans."—Judy Doenges, The Seattle Times

"Written like an indigenous legend, The White Bone is about the burden of memory . . . Readers who make it through will never think the same of elephants and their 'appalling resilience.'"—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

"Gowdy [has a] great gift for sensual description . . . The novel is plenty funny and plenty odd."—Sarah Boxer, The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling . . .The White Bone takes place in a self-sufficient and brilliantly authentic world . . . Impressive and delightful."—Jelena Petrovic, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A richly detailed novel."—The Daily News

"Brave . . . Gowdy has embarked on the creation of an extremely distinct, invented world, with its own social and linguistic structures, its own myths and totems."—Claire Messud, Newsday

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Barbara Gowdy is the author of six previous books, and a new novel, Helpless, coming from Metropolitan Books in April 2007. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Barbara Gowdy

  • Barbara Gowdy is the author of five previous books, including Mister Sandman and We So Seldom Look On Love, and has twice been a finalist for both the Governor General's Award and the Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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