It Is , And Niska, The Last Oji Cree Woman To Live Off The Land, Has Received Word That One Of The Two Boys She Saw Off To The Great War Has Returned Xavier Bird, Her Sole Living Relation, Is Gravely Wounded And Addicted To Morphine As Niska Slowly Paddles Her Canoe On The Three Day Journey To Bring Xavier Home, Travelling Through The Stark But Stunning Landscape Of Northern Ontario, Their Respective Stories Emerge Stories Of Niska S Life Among Her Kin And Of Xavier S Horrifying Experiences In The Killing Fields Of Ypres And The Somme This is a phenomenal and haunting book Loved the story despite most of it being set in the WWI Maybe because it not the traditional stories told of WWI The characters are deep and complex So powerfully written that it makes you stop and wonder what hell is going on with society It s like a stab to the heart It will make you very uncomfortable The story follows Xavier Bird, a young First Nations Canadian, journey thr I found Three Day Road when a notoriously late friend wasthan an hour late to meet me and I had time to browse a local bookstore I didn t pick the book up that day, but i noted it Later, while near the bookstore I went back in and grabbed it The idea of the book crossed a number of vectors of interest for me War history wait, don t stop reading yet , snipers please, keep reading , and early 20th century Natives I expected it to at least titillate my love of snipers, and war and the I found Three Day Road when a notoriously late friend wasthan an hour late to meet me and I had time to browse a local bookstore I didn t pick the book up that day, but i noted it Later, while near the bookstore I went back in and grabbed it The idea of the book crossed a number of vectors of interest for me War history wait, don t stop reading yet , snipers please, keep reading , and early 20th century Natives I expected it to at least titilla A novel that begins at the end, and ends with a beginning Three Day Road is a stunning debut from one of Canada s foremost writers, Joseph Boyden When Xavier Bird returns from WWI addicted to morphine and wounded, his aunt Niska embarks with him on a three day journey towards their home in the Northern Ontario bush As Niska paddles along towards their home, the reader slides seamlessly between Xavier s remembrances of his time at war and Niska s account of Xavier as a boy Central to the nove A novel that begins at the end, and ends with a beginning Three Day Road is a stunning debut from one of Canada s foremost writers, This seemed like a serendipitous discovery when I stumbled on it in an Ontario bookshop last week Not literally stumbled although, come to think of it, there were several piles of books on the floor there which gave browsing something of a parkour flavour But I had negotiated those hazards successfully No, I meant stumbled on in the metaphorical sense that I found it by chance Anyway, can we move on I have a review to write.So yes, I hadn t heard of Boyden before, but clearly he s somethi This seemed like a serendipitous discovery when I stumbled on it in an Ontario bookshop last week Not literally stumbled although, come to think of it, there were several piles of books on the floor there which gave browsing something of a parkour flavour But I had negotiated those hazards successfully No, I meant stumbled on in the metaphorical sense that I found it by chance Anyway, can we move on I have a review to write.So yes, I hadn t heard of Boyden before, but clearly he s something of a literary darling north of the 49th parallel in Canada less sure about Kazakhstan and this novel, his first, begins with what seems to be an entire chapter s worth of adulatory press cuttings to whet your appetite for what follows Apparently every critic and literary prize in Canada