In 1952, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from their flourishing home on the Hudson Bay to the barren, arctic landscape of Ellesmere Island, the most northerly landmass on the planet. Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized, half-Inuit son of filmmaker Robert Flaherty, director of Nanook of the North. In a narrative rich with human drama, Melanie McGrath follows three generations of the Flaherty family—Robert, Josephie, and Josephie's daughters—to bring this extraordinary tale of deception and harsh deprivation to life.
About the Author
Melanie McGrath was born in Essex. Her first book, Motel Nirvana, won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35. She is also the author of Hard, Soft and Wet: The Digital Generation Comes of Age, and Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir. She writes for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Evening Standard and Conde Nast Traveller. She is a regular broadcaster on radio, has been a television producer and presenter. She lives and works in London. Her Web site is www.melaniemcgrath.com.
“McGrath, wickedly talented, brings every bit of this [story] to life. We hear the gnash of the ice, feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. . . . She writes as if she'd lived in the Arctic for years.” —The New York Times"A gripping read. . . . The Inuit's epic battle against racism and indifference is nearly cinematic." —Entertainment Weekly “McGrath documents [the Inuit's] story with an engaging passion.” —National Geographic“Her mastery of her subject is so precise and beguiling, so heartstoppingly eloquent and textured. . . . One of the most seductive reads of the decade.” —Daily Telegraph (London)