Barbara Huck's Kisiskatchewan is an ambitious reach into the past, breathing life into the private lives of historical figures in the Hudson's Bay Company fur trade.  Set on the Great Plains in the late 18th century as smallpox is decimating First Nations communities, Kisiskatchewan weaves the competing ideologies of the time into a great epic of survival during massive historical change.

(From: Notes of jury members put into the awards brochure at the McNally Robinson Awards ceremony,where Kisiskatchewan won the 'Book of the Year' Award)



After finishing, I felt as if I had been to another world.

Peter Enman - Editor, Calgary


[A] very moving story extremely well written ... and one that I highly recommend.
M. Harrison - Prince Albert, SK
I couldn't put this book down! This story shows such depth of understanding of Cree, Blackfoot and Orkney cultures that I was totally captivated.
Alex Paul - Winnipeg, MB


Bravo! Beautifully written, subtle and ambiguous but lots of action. Many mysteries.
Heather Robertson - Aurora, ON


Kisiskatchewan is a great tale that you won't want to put down, and you'll learn some Canadian history along the way
Winnipeg Free Press