City Wolves Hardcover – Oct 28 2008
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Historical romance, pioneering feminism, Inuit spirit guides, wolves, dogs, real people mingling with fictional ones, a fresh take on the Klondike gold rush ... this is entertainment. An indomitable heroine takes city wolves into the wilderness and makes them howl. I for one could not stop listening. (Ken McGoogan, Pierre Berton History Prize winner)|
Dorris Heffron has illuminated a fascinating and little-known aspect of human behaviour the degree to which humans have modeled their social structure on that of wolves and turned it into story. City Wolves is a wonderful blend of fiction and history, natural and unnatural: high art indeed!(Wayne Grady)|
City Wolves takes the truth of good biography and runs with it creatively into a gripping narrative...meticulous research leads Heffron to give life to a neglected theory about who really first discovered the gold that started the Klondike gold rush...compelling portrayals of historical characters like Kate Carmack, Belinda Mulroney and their cohorts in Dawson City...opening up a new vista in historical fiction.(Jennifer Duncan)|
An insightful exploration of the profound and mysterious relationship between people and wolf-dogs...archetypal tensions spurring the plot along...A marvelous work! I look forward to it becoming a Canadian classic.(Rosemary Gosselin)
About the Author
Dorris Heffron was born in Noranda, Quebec. While teaching for Oxford University throughout the seventies, she wrote three novels about teenagers which were internationally acclaimed as pioneers of young adult literature. Returning to Canada in 1980, she became an active member of writers' organizations and wrote the popular adult novel, A Shark in the House. She lives with her pack and sled dogs at Little Creek Wolf Range near Collingwood, Ontario.
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The story is about Meg Wilkinson, a strong woman who takes adventure where she can find it. She leaves home and tragedy in Nova Scotia for the rough and wild territory of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Meg's trailblazing tendency, both literal and figurative, leads her to become the first female veterinarian in Canada. She does it bravely but without flamboyance. Just simple adventure. Some support her, some do not. She takes the support and leaves the rest.
Meg falls in love with the independent, spirited sled dogs of the north.
Meg's story is laced with the Inuit tale of Ike and Piji, an ancient couple of the Malamute tribe who raise wolf pups as children and founded the Malamute sled dog breed.
The read is easy, but the digestion lasts long after the pages are turned. The real-life aspect of the story makes it a compelling, adventurous and authentic tale. The characters are varied, real and so interesting!
Do read this book. It should become a Canadian classic.
After more than a few unexpected twists and turns in the story-line, we find ourselves in the rip-roaring Canadian Yukon in the midst of the 1898 Gold Rush. The land of sled dogs, prospectors and whiskey by the barrel. It's a powerful mix and Heffron doesn't disappoint. The magic of her love affair with malemutes is borne out in the telling of this meticulously researched turn-of-the century tale of adventure in the frozen North.
PS .. And a thumbs up for CITY WOLVES from CBC's Shelagh Rogers, too !