Aquariums : A Novel (FNCR 2023)

SKU: 9781459747760

J. D. Kurtness
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Book Type:
Dundurn Press
Copyright Date:

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Julie Kurtness, credited as J. D. Kurtness, Innu, originally from Mashteuiatsh, Quebec. In Aquariums, Émeraude, a young marine biologist, works to preserve aquatic ecosystems by recreating them for zoos because the world’s oceans are ravaged by climate change. When her work earns her a spot aboard a research vessel with an extended mission in the arctic, it is the inescapable draw of the ocean that will save her when the world she leaves behind is irrevocably changed.

Stories of Émeraude’s ancestors — a young sailor abandoned at birth, a conjure woman mixing potions for her neighbours, a violent young man hiding in the woods to escape an even more violent war, and a talented young singer born to a mother who cannot speak — weave their way through her intimate reflections on a modest life, unknowingly shaped by those who came before.

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