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The Back of the Turtle

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction!

This is Thomas King's first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and best-selling The Inconvenient Indian and his beloved Green Grass, Running Water and Truth and Bright Water, both of which continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities. Green Grass, Running Water is widely considered a contemporary Canadian classic.

In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel's sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay, and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2014 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Back Of The Turtle
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 1-4434-3162-1 / 978-1-4434-3162-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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February 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Back Of The Turtle: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 1-4434-3163-X / 978-1-4434-3163-7 (Canada edition)
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Title: The Back Of The Turtle
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 1-4434-4646-7 / 978-1-4434-4646-4 (Canada edition)
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February 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Back of the Turtle, The
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 1-5436-9800-X / 978-1-5436-9800-8 (USA edition)
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December 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Back of the Turtle: A Novel
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December 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Back of the Turtle: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Back of the Turtle: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Back Of The Turtle: A Novel
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA