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The White Bone

(1998)
A novel by

 
 
A thrilling journey into the minds of African elephants as they struggle to survive.

If, as many recent nonfiction bestsellers have revealed, animals possess emotions and awareness, they must also have stories. In The White Bone, a novel imagined entirely from the perspective of African elephants, Barbara Gowdy creates a world whole and separate that yet illuminates our own.

For years, young Mud and her family have roamed the high grasses, swamps, and deserts of the sub-Sahara. Now the earth is scorched by drought, and the mutilated bodies of family and friends lie scattered on the ground, shot down by ivory hunters. Nothing-not the once familiar terrain, or the age-old rhythms of life, or even memory itself-seems reliable anymore. Yet a slim prophecy of hope is passed on from water hole to water hole: the sacred white bone of legend will point the elephants toward the Safe Place. And so begins a quest through Africa's vast and perilous plains-until at last the survivors face a decisive trial of loyalty and courage.

In The White Bone, Barbara Gowdy performs a feat of imagination virtually unparalleled in modern fiction. Plunged into an alien landscape, we orient ourselves in elephant time, elephant space, elephant consciousness and begin to feel, as Gowdy puts it, "what it would be like to be that big and gentle, to be that imperiled, and to have that prodigious memory."

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: The White Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-8050-6036-7 / 978-0-8050-6036-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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May 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-225834-X / 978-0-00-225834-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-224395-4 / 978-0-00-224395-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 1-55468-524-9 / 978-1-55468-524-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE WHITE BONE
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-729157-4 / 978-0-00-729157-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-647489-6 / 978-0-00-647489-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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December 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-639233-4 / 978-0-00-639233-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada
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April 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: The White Bone: Picador USA Reading Group Guides
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-312-26513-1 / 978-0-312-26513-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador USA
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1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-312-26412-7 / 978-0-312-26412-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-655154-8 / 978-0-00-655154-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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August 1957 : USA Paperback

Title: White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-8050-6035-9 / 978-0-8050-6035-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-225957-5 / 978-0-00-225957-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The White Bone
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 0-00-648121-3 / 978-0-00-648121-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: White Bone, The
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
ISBN: 1-5436-7876-9 / 978-1-5436-7876-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The White Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The White Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The White Bone: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Gowdy
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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