On March 7, 1800, Philemon Wright, a farmer from Woburn, Massachusetts, arrives on the north shore of the Ottawa River in Hull Township in Lower Canada. On September 1, 1860, on the south side of the river in the united province of Canada, Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Albert Edward, lays the cornerstone for Canada’s Parliament Buildings on Barrack Hill in Ottawa.
While the novel dramatizes the real events that unfold between those two dates---Wright’s determination to establish a community of farmers, the political scheming that results in Ottawa becoming Canada’s capital---it’s also the story of immigrants struggling for survival in a new world. Among them, Jedediah Jansen, who is ten years old when his family arrives with Wright’s party. Jed marries, enters the volatile timber business, is overwhelmed by both, and his life spirals out of control.
The settlers’ attempts to establish a peaceful community are further exacerbated when the government in York (Toronto) refuses to confer legal status on Bytown (Ottawa). And because its inhabitants resent the civil authority of Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Commanding Royal Engineer for the Rideau Canal, the lawless settlement is rampant with self-serving politics, religious bigotry, and barbaric violence.
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About the Author
David Mulholland was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and raised in the Ottawa Valley town of Arnprior. He now lives in Ottawa. Mulholland began his writing career as an advertising copywriter in private radio. He went on to work as a researcher, story editor and interviewer for CBC Public Affairs television, a general-assignment reporter and music reviewer for the Ottawa Citizen, a syndicated country-music columnist, a part-time stand-up comic with Yuk Yuk’s, and a speech writer for a number of departments in the federal government. During these years, Mulholland wrote fiction when time permitted. In the spring of 2001, he began devoting full-time to writing a novel. The result is McNab, which was published in October 2006. DUEL, his second novel of dramatized history, was published in October 2009. Chaudière Falls was published in November 2016. He is currently working on the next one (which he hopes will not take eight years to complete).