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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Often, when encouraging readers to try a new writer, we encounter resistance. For some reason, certain readers believe they earn points for reading the tried-and-true classics of literature, points that contemporary literature will not accrue. Well readers, take note: Voyageurs is a 21st-century classic, and Margaret Elphinstone is a writer to be reckoned with -- a brilliant historical novelist.
Somewhere within the opening pages of Voyageurs, it ceases to be merely a book and becomes a time machine, transporting readers to the Canadian wilderness at the advent of the 19th century. The principal vehicle of this invigorating journey is a young British Quaker, Mark Greenhow, who leaves his family farm in northern England, crossing the Atlantic in search of his sister, who is missing after an elopement with an undesirable outsider. Mark's determined devotion to his sister is undiminished by the obstacles he faces, and he negotiates his survival in the wilderness with its dangerous inhabitants: beleaguered Native Americans, territorial fur traders, suspicious warriors, and spies. As war between a fledgling America and the motherland erupts again, the New World becomes a place where allegiances and identities must be proved and tested; Mark Greenhow's integrity is rock solid and fully convincing. Elphinstone's writing is fluid, vivid, and compulsively readable. Travel with Voyageurs, and discover a new world, full of treasure and promise. (Fall 2004 Selection)