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Katherine Govier

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-410-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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"Creation is a tour de force, a finely written historical account that plays, for a serious purpose, with the very nature of historical inquiry and humanity's place in the natural order It is a deeply convincing story." - Brian Bethune, MacLean's

Running two steps ahead of the bailiff, alternately praised and reviled, John James Audubon set himself the audacious task of drawing, from nature, every bird in North America. The result was his masterpiece, The Birds of America. In June 1933, partway through his mission, he enlisted his son, Captain Bayfield of the Royal Navy, and a party of young gentlemen to set sail for nesting grounds no ornithologist had ever seen, in the treacherous passage between Newfoundland and Labrador. Creation explores the short, stormy summer throughout which the captain became the author's foil, measuring stick, and the recipient of his long-held secrets. It is an exploration of that fateful expedition, a probing and imaginative narrative that fills in a gap in the visionary naturalist's well-documented life.

In this atmospheric and enthralling novel, Katherine Govier tells the story of a man torn between the lies he has lived by and the truth he now needs. Her novel recreates the summer in which "the world's greatest living bird artist" finally understood the paradox embedded in his art: that the act of creation is also an act of destruction.

"An elegiac, entrancing web of fiction that sprawls across time and continents Govier's gentle, thoughtful, insightful prose has created a universe that abounds with truth." Gary Curtis, Hamilton Spectator

"A sprawling novel, teeming with natural abundance, yet delivered in small, intimate scenes the reward is deep engagement, the kind that promises a novel a lasting place in the affections of readers." Donna Bailey Nurse, The Toronto Star

Katherine Govier is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer, and journalist, who was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She has received many honors, among them the Marian Engel Award and the City of Toronto Book Award for her novel Hearts of Flame. She has lived in Washington, DC and London and currently lives in Toronto.

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