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Fiction Literary


by (author) Gillian Wigmore

Mother Tongue Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Literary, Psychological, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
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" . . . a spirited journey story I found as irresistible as the powerful river that carries us through the beautiful and treacherous northern landscape."– Jack Hodgins author of, The Master of Happy Endings, Broken Ground, A Passion For Narrative.


After surviving a health crisis, Jay heads to the remote and challenging Dease River in Northwestern BC for a two week canoe and fishing journey, but is unprepared for the mysterious stranger who becomes his passenger. A lean and intense tale that takes the reader to haunting depths. A seminal and brilliant addition to a neglected genre, the novella.

About the author

Gillian Wigmore grew up in Vanderhoof, BC, and graduated
from the University of Victoria in 1999. She has been published in Geist, CV2, filling station, and the Inner Harbour Review, among others. Wigmore won the 2008 ReLit Award for her work Soft Geography and was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize. She lives in north central BC with her husband and two children.

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Editorial Reviews

"Rarely have I read such a sensual engagement between words and landscape. Grayling is a work of profound Canadiana —as fast and rough and bright and bracing as the Dease River itself." —Annabel Lyon, author of The Sweet Girl

"Packing quiet wisdom and a poet's eye, Grayling takes us on a spellbinding journey through a grim and gorgeous north country. Haunting, surprising, and unforgettable." —Bill Gaston, author of The World, Sointula and Juliet Was A Surprise

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