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City Wolves Hardcover – Oct 28 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Butterfly (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097816007X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978160074
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, author of "Fatal Passage and Race to the Polar Sea"

"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, Naturalist, author of "The Nature of Coyotes"

""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 t --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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)

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Format: Paperback
Dorris Heffron has walked a fine line between fact and fiction and has created a wonderful story. It's about time the stories of Canada's history were told. What a wonderful movie this would make, if it doesn't get silly Disney hokey. I can just see the story set in the amazing panoramas of Canada's natural scenery. Perhaps Robert Redford would pick it up in the same vein as Milagro Beanfield Wars!
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Format: Paperback
This is a great novel, I've read it twice.

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.
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Format: Paperback
This work of historical fiction follows Meg Wilkinson from her childhood in Halifax through her struggle to become Canada's first female veterinarian and her journey north in the early days of the Yukon gold rush. Driven by her love of wolves and her fascination with sled dogs, Wilkinson arrives in Dawson City as waves of fortune seekers fan out over the territory to stake their claims. Throughout the tale, Wilkinson is watched over by the restless spirits of an Inuit couple, the first to take wolves from the wild and raise them to pull sleds. Painstakingly researched, CITY WOLVES weaves together history and fiction to document the evolution of sled dogs and delve into the similarities between the social structure of wolves and humans.
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Format: Hardcover
AS REVIEWED BY CAROLYN GOSSAGE : There is something about the image of a sled dog that immediately strikes a respondent chord in my mush-loving heart. Almost from the moment I cracked open Dorris Heffron's CITY WOLVES ( Dundurn Press, Toronto ) I was captivated. Weaving historical fact and colourful fictitious characters, Heffron takes us on a journey that begins with a spirited young backwoods girl who, at any early age, develops a special kinship with a local wolf pack. After arriving in Halifax to continue her education,this early affinity soon translates into an unswerving ambition to work with animals and become accepted as a student at the local veterinary college. In the late 1800's, for a young woman, this was hardly a viable option, but neither is Heffron's heroine someone willing to sit on her hands and take no for an answer.
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 !
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A beautiful, little Canadian history piece of literature. I could not put it down and lent it to my friends who also enjoyed very much.
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