- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperAvenue (March 1 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144343664X
- ISBN-13: 978-1443436649
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada’s most accomplished writers, author of The Ghost Brush and Fables of Brunswick Avenue
It is 1911, and the coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies brings a parade of newcomers to the Bow Valley—coal miners, scientists, runaway aristocrats, and remittance men. Among them is poacher Herbie Wishart.
Herbie reinvents himself as a trail guide in the town of Gateway and becomes an outfitter for a fossil-hunting expedition headed by a prominent American archaeologist. Rumour has it that the secrecy-shrouded Hodgson expedition could overturn all previous knowledge about early life forms. Along for the trip are Hodgson’s adult children, mopey Humphrey and the captivating Isabel, with whom Herbie strikes up a campside alliance. But when an early snowstorm hits and trailside grudges come to a head, the expedition mysteriously vanishes. Despite all efforts to solve—or bury—the mystery, it will haunt Gateway for the next century. Under the spell of the looming Three Sisters peaks, Herbie seems able to bring only a daughter, and she more daughters, into the world.The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is at once sweeping and intimate, bursting with heart, wit, and larger-than-life characters whose sheer brio rivals the dazzling and dangerous Rocky Mountains. Katherine Govier proves she is one of Canada’s master storytellers with this groundbreaking portrait of western Canada’s past.
About the Author
Katherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec, and Japan. Her novel Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has won the Marian Engel Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the Trillium Book Award. The author of twelve previous books, Katherine Govier divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and Canmore, Alberta.
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The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel is another historical fiction gem. As with all of Govier’s works, it is extensively and meticulously researched. It takes the reader back to 1911 in Bow Valley in the Canadian Rockies to tell the story of the ill-fated fossil hunting expedition of Professor Hodgson and their trail guide Herbie Wishart who becomes enamoured with Hodgson’s daughter Isabel.
The narrative alternates between 1911 and 2011 when an aging Walter and Iona arrive in Gateway with their three daughters in tow. The connecting thread? The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel. And, oh yes, a secondary storyline that adds another layer to the richly textured tale.
It is a sweeping saga that showcases Govier’s mastery as a storyteller and literary fiction novelist. At 50 chapters and 470 plus pages, it is a lengthy read but worth every minute!
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