(From the publisher):
Harry Boyd, a hard-bitten refugee from failure in Toronto television, has returned to a small radio station in the Canadian North. There, in Yellowknife, in the summer of 1975, he falls in love with a voice on air, though he discovers that the real woman, Dido Paris, is even more than he imagined.
Dido and Harry are part of a cast of eccentric, utterly beguiling characters, all transplants from elsewhere, who form an unlikely group at the station. Their loves and longings, their rivalries and entanglements, the stories of their pasts and what brought each of them to the North, form the centre. Then, one summer, four of them embark on a canoe trip that takes them into the Arctic wilderness, following the route taken by the legendary Englishman John Hornby, who, along with his small party, starved to death in the Barrens in 1927. In the wilds, they find the balance of love shifting, much as the balance of power in the North is being changed by the controversial Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, which threatens to rip open the Arctic and displace Native people from their land.
Original title: Late Nights on Air
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Survival→ General
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Bohemians & Expatriates
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest
- Awarded the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize