Weekly Reader: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce


A few years ago Sarah Weinman thought she was going to have a career in science, possibly of the forensic variety. But then she launched the crime and mystery fiction blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind as a way of procrastinating on her master’s thesis, and it literally changed her life’s path.

We can respect that.

We also respect her opinions on books across all genres, so much so that we’ve asked Weinman to recommend a new one for you to check out each Wednesday. (It’s amazing that she finds the time. The woman read 462 books last year.)

Learn more about her latest pick — courtesy of our neighbors from the north — after the jump, and leave us your review in the comments if you’ve already read it.

Joseph Boyden: Through Black Spruce: A Novel “Here’s another author I wished I had discovered when everyone else did, as he racked up seemingly every known Canadian literary award nomination under the sun with this or his earlier novel, Three Day Road. But Joseph Boyden is a true talent, able to describe the roar and pitch of Northern Ontario towns like Moose Factory and Moosonee in concert with a gripping account of a bush pilot’s life contrasted against his niece’s desperate search for her younger sister — and her own potential redemption. I raced through the narrative, but with so much to chew on it’s hard not to think about Through Black Spruce even as I read other books.”

– Sarah Weinman