In the Arctic Circle village of Iqaluit, known as the Las Vegas of the North, Rosaire Nicolet is found dead in a seedy hotel room rented by a stripper. Rosaire's younger brother Ambroise arrives in town to identify the body. Ambroise worshiped his brother and wants answers. While investigators suspect a crime of passion, Ambroise has a very different theory. Polynya delves into the mysterious and poetic polar world of Baffin Island, where a cast of characters live on the margins and everyone is not necessarily to be believed.
About the authors
Donald Winkler was born in Winnipeg, graduated from the University of Manitoba, and did graduate study at the Yale School of Drama. From 1967 to 1995 he was a film director and writer at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, and since the 1980s, a translator of Quebec literature. In 1994, 2011, and 2013 he won the Governor General Award for French to English translation, and has been a finalist for the prize on three other occasions. His translation of Samuel Archibald's short story collection, "Arvida," was a finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.