A lonely boy in a prairie town befriends a local outsider in 1947 and then witnesses a shocking murder. Based on a true story.
Canwood, Saskatchewan, 1947. Leonard Flint, a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local outsider, a man known as Rabbit Foot Bill. Bill doesn’t talk much, but he allows Leonard to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his small, secluded dwelling.
Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard—an escape from school, bullies and a hard father. So his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison.
Fifteen years on, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard’s great surprise, at the Weyburn he is reunited with Bill and soon becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947.
Based on a true story, this page-turning novel from a master stylist examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind.
About the author
HELEN HUMPHREYS’ last novel, The Reinvention Of Love, was a national bestseller. Coventry was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Humphreys won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Afterimage and the Toronto Book Award for Leaving Earth. Her much-loved novel The Lost Garden was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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“A finely rendered story about people trying to find inner peace after their worlds have been turned upside down. Both shocking and tender, Rabbit Foot Bill is a riveting tale, full of compassion and told without judgement.” — Governor General’s Award winning author Dianne Warren
A NOW MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR —
“One of the best — and most wonderfully experimental — historical fiction titles of the year. . . . Humphreys is an extraordinary writer. Truly spectacular.” — Toronto Star
“This gem of a novel is as unique as the woman who inspired it. . . . A transcendent life-honouring work.” — Postmedia
“[Humphreys’] impressive ability to tell a story through the ordinary actions of her characters makes reading Machine Without Horses an effortless pleasure.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“Machine Without Horses is so good, so powerful, that I cannot imagine reading the likes again.” — Owen Sound Sun-Times
Other titles by Helen Humphreys
And a Dog Called Fig
Solitude, Connection, the Writing Life
Meditations on a Year at the Herbarium
Machine Without Horses
The Ghost Orchard
The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016
The Evening Chorus
Helen Humphreys Three-Book Bundle
Afterimage, Coventry, and The Reinvention of Love
on The Life And Death Of My Brother