The Hudson's Bay Company is about to exercise its uncontested monopoly over the lands drained by Hudson Bay. The first step is to find a new source of beaver pelts and profits, and the only hope lies in the unmapped territory held by the Blackfoot-speaking Indian tribes. The new governor mounts an expedition into the heart of this unknown land, a journey that will test the mettle of a new generation of Hudson's Bay Company men. With a new format and price, this brilliant novel tells an incredible story of those who were ruled by the often brutalizing fur trade. It is a story of love and economics and of how European culture, including religion, tried-and often failed-to root itself in this anarchic place. In the end, it is the story of how the mighty fur trade was rolled under by the greater forces of change and history.
Giller Prize finalist and winner fo the Grant MacEwan Author's Award winner, City of Edmonton Book Prize, and Georges Bugnet Award winner for best novel.
"Stenson's beautifully laconic style, his precise sense of detail and his meticulous research all combine to make The Trade a mesmerizing read, eloquent and heartbreaking."
"One of the best historical novels ever to be written in this country...A fantastic entertainment."