Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce (Penguin Canada, 2008)

untitledXavier Bird’s son, Will, and grand-niece, Annie, struggle to find a way out of the violence that threatens to destroy their lives. A missing sister. Alcohol addiction. Drug dealing. Brutal assaults. But amidst it all, the promise that family and traditional learning can bring redemption. Striking portrays of life in the bush and in the demimonde of New York City nightclubs. Here the dual narrator structure really soars, with two unique voices that make you care deeply about what will happen and who will survive. The Scotiabank Giller Prize winner in 2008.