The Only Snow in Havana
Publisher: Cormorant Books
"Imaginary, inventive, filled with its own light in rather a similar way to an Impressionist painting. It has a unique gleaming quality."
Co-winner, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction
About the book
At once a personal reflection about identity, a poetic history of snow and fur, and a travel book about home. Mexico and New York City provide the setting for an exploration of Canada’s early past and of the narrator’s own connection with the North. Stories about the fur trade weave together with memories of a broken marriage as Hay navigates a new love and a new life. The blend of autobiography, biography and history becomes a new form of arctic literature about the search for a north-south passage and “an indirect route along yellow silk, home.”
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