From the author of Annabel: A “compulsively readable” journey through the Canadian arctic that “lay[s] bare the beauty of both the world and the soul” (Globe and Mail).
In 2010, Kathleen Winter embarked on a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among marine scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and curious passengers. From Greenland to Baffin Island and beyond, Winter witnesses the new math of the North—where polar bears mates with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles with taking part in the global economy while defending their traditional way of life.
Throughout Winter’s journey, she learns from fellow passengers who teach her about Inuit society and history. She bonds with Nathan Rogers, son of the late Canadian icon Stan Rogers, who died in a plane crash when Nathan was just a young boy. Nathan’s quest is to take the route his father never traveled, except in his beloved song “The Northwest Passage,” which he performs both as anthem and lament. And Winter guides readers through her own personal odyssey, emigrating from England to Canada as a child and discovering what was lost—and gained—as a result of that journey.
In prose charged with vivid descriptions of the land and its people, Kathleen Winter’s Boundless is “a profound and lyrical memoir of a transformative journey” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).