Synopses & Reviews
In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter (Annabel) embarked on a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers. From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along the passage, Winter bears witness to the new math of the Northwhere polar bears mates with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of life.
Throughout Winters journey, she learns from fellow passengers such as Aaju Peter and Bernadette Dean, who teach her about Inuit society (both past and present). She bonds with Nathan Rogers, son of the late Canadian icon Stan Rogers, who died in a plane crash when Nathan was just a young boy. Nathans quest is to take the route his father never traveled, expect in his beloved song The Northwest Passage,” which he performs both as anthem and lament at sea. And she guides readers through her own personal odyssey, emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering both what was lot and what was gained as a result of that journey.
In breathtaking prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter's Boundless is a haunting and powerful homage to the ever-evolving and magnetic power of the North.
Winter's profound and lyrical memoir of a transformative journey which was shortlisted for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction begins with a surprising coincidence. A week after taking a friend's advice to always to have a travel bag packed Winter (Annabel) is offered a place on a ship going through the Northwest Passage. She travels from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq Greenland where the ship begins its journey north through the Davis Strait. At sea Winter realizes that "there is no line or corner in a wave no way for cares of the world to hook or snag you." The book is a series of evocative stories centered on Winter's memories fellow passengers experiences on the trip and the subjugation of aboriginal culture by Europeans; through them all Winter expresses a sense of wonder that she is in "a hiding place of mysteries." At many of the stops the group walks encountering the land and wildlife. On each successive walk Winter increasingly comes to believe that the land can speak to her and that she can listen and hear with a new sense beyond the usual five. Of all the kindred spirits Winter meets on this extraordinary journey she writes most powerfully of the land. Agent: Shaun Bradley Transatlantic Agency. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Praise for Boundless
"Literate, luminous travels in the far north....Winter finds just the right note of learned wonder....With the eye of a poet and the stamina of an Amundsen, Winter proves a delightful guide into unexplored realms. Worthy of shelving alongside Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams"Kirkus Starred Review
it both heightens life and plumbs its deepest mysteries, laying bare the beauty of both the world and the soul.” Globe and Mail
Ultimately, the journey that Kathleen Winter takes on a last-minute whim is transformative. Her precise and vivid prose allows the reader to share in that transformation. For the many readers who admired Annabel and want to get to know its author better, Boundless is a tremendous gift.” Quill and Quire
[G]raceful, poetic, and shimmering prose
”The Toronto Star
Praise for Annabel:
Kathleen Winters lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting.”The New Yorker
Winter possesses a rare blend of lyrical brilliance, descriptive power, and psychological and philosophical insight.” Kirkus, Starred Review
[T]he novels moral of acceptance and understanding is sure to win Winter many fans.” ¬Publishers Weekly
About the Author
is the author of the bestselling novel Annabel
, which won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Awards and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor Generals Literary Award, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and CBC Canada Reads. A long-time resident of Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.