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Three Day Road is the haunting story of two young Cree Indians who become infantry snipers in World War I. Expert hunters, the childhood friends quickly demonstrate their superior marksmanship, but the harrowing realities of war take a terrifying toll. Boyden's novel is narrated by two Canadian Indians: Xavier, one of the two snipers, and his aunt, Niska, the last of her people to live off the land.
The "three day road" of the title refers to the Indian journey to death. Niska's journey is as a witness to the death of her people, bending in defeat to the inevitable future. Xavier's journey -- from the snowy Canadian wilderness to the battlefields of Europe -- takes him deeper into a horrifying truth. As readers travel with them, Boyden expertly weaves the two stories into a spellbinding portrait of war and the end of a way of life. Startling descriptions ambush the reader with the authenticity of a firsthand account: readers smell the burnt earth, hear the whizzing shells, feel the splash of canoe paddles -- and the sadness that "collects…as rain in trenches." We see the battle through the crosshairs of a sniper's rifle scope and observe the landscape through the eyes of a hunter. But as every hunter knows, "what you hunt hunts you as well." Ultimately, the two friends must face down the enemy -- not in the trenches but in themselves. (Summer 2005 Selection)