The Back of the Turtle

SKU: 9781443431637

Thomas King
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Book Type:
Harper Collins Canada
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Thomas King is a novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His publications include Green Grass, Running Water; One Good Story, That One; The Back of the Turtle; The Inconvenient Indian; and the DreadfulWater mystery series. King has won the RBC Taylor Prize, a Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in 2013. A Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, King lives in Guelph, Ontario.

In 'The Back of the Turtle' Gabriel Quinn, a brilliant scientist, abandons his laboratory and returns to Smoke River Reserve, where his mother and sister lived, and here he finds that almost everyone in the community has disappeared. Even the sea turtles are gone, poisoned by an environmental disaster known as The Ruin.

The fact is, Gabriel was the chief architect of the disaster and he has come to Smoke River to witness the destruction he created and to drown himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her and is soon saving others. Who are these people, with their long black hair and almond eyes, who seem to have fallen from the sky?

Showcasing King’s brilliant wit and trademark wordplay, The Back of the Turtle is a funny, smart, sometimes confounding, and altogether unforgettable tale of betrayal, salvation, and the resilience of life.

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

Winner of the Sunburst Award

Winner of the Copper Cylinder Adult Award

Finalist for the Trillium Book Award

Finalist for the CBC Bookie Awards

Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

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