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The Horseman's Graves

 On Sale: 22/03/2007
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Jacqueline Baker’s highly acclaimed short story collection, A Hard Witching and Other Stories, marked the debut of an extraordinary literary talent. Proclaimed by reviewers to be “a rural J.D. Salinger,” Baker received the prestigious Danuta Gleed Award and her collection was listed among Maclean’s Top 10 Books of the Year.

The Horseman’s Graves returns us to the harsh locale of Sand Hills on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border, where Baker unfolds a tale of a small German immigrant community caught between the promise of this new land and the weight of a European past, with its hatred, fear and old-country superstitions. Lathias is a half-breed farmhand, a young loner who becomes the unofficial guardian to the Schoff boy, a golden child until a terrible farm accident scars his face and his mind. Both boys are drawn to Elisabeth, a savagely beautiful girl, whose stepfather, Leo, is the local scapegrace, a man whose cruelty is both a source of amusement and shame to the townspeople. When Elisabeth, watched only by the Schoff boy, falls through the ice into the river, no one foresees how it will be the end—and the beginning—of everything.

A novel so lyrical and hypnotic that it begs to be read aloud, The Horseman’s Graves is a pitch-perfect rendering of small-town immigrant life. Told through the unforgettable narrative voice of a seeall neighbour, it is filled with memorable characters: a blustering, pious priest; a mysterious “witch” faith healer; the town busybody; a fearful young farm wife who is virtually worked to death. An extraordinarily accomplished work, The Horseman’s Graves is a profound testament to our universal search for love and redemption.

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Critical Praise for The Horseman's Graves

"Authentic and, more important, well-written, it speaks volumes in its spareness. . . . In The Horseman's Graves, the landscape and its people live vibrantly and memorably."
The Globe and Mail
Reader Reviews from FirstLook

How can a writer get into the minds and souls of so many people? Jacqueline Baker has done it. She has captured the essence of each character so that we can see, hear and feel what each person is going through. I had to read and then sit for a few moments, just soaking in the atmosphere created by the wonderful author. A book that makes me think and feel is the best kind of book there is.
— Jacqueline (St. Philip's, NF)

ISBN: 9780002008365; ISBN10: 000200836X; On Sale: 22/03/2007; Format: Hardback; Trimsize: ; Pages: 336; $32.95; Ages: 1 and Up

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