In 1916, scientist William Dawe leads a palaeontological expedition into the badlands of Alberta, obsessed with achieving world renown by discovering dinosaur fossils. Fifty years later, his daughter,
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"Kroetsch moves forward and backward in time, speaks in many voices, gives us parallel histories, the truth of correspondences, fully human characters and a setting rich in bones. Perhaps only in such a fiction do we have the real history and the living mythology of the vast and still largely empty Badlands."
— Studies in Canadian Literature
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grew up on a farm in central Alberta and attended the University of Alberta. He worked in the North for six years, and then went to graduate school in the US for another six. By the time Robert was in his thirties he was ready for serious writing. Since then he has published, among other things, nine novels and numerous books of poetry, essays, a travel book, and a journal. Robert worked for 34 years as a professor, half that time in Upstate New York, the other half in Manitoba. Robert received the Governor General's Award for the1969 novel, The Studhorse Man.
Visit Robert's web site at robertkroetsch.ca.