I have read all three of Joseph Boyden’s novels, and while his most recent (The Orenda) is receiving great attention, my favourite continues to be his first. Perhaps it’s because I’m currently writing my second novel, which opens during WW1, and Three-Day Road is a tale from that time – but it’s much more than that. The sense of place (both the war scenes and those from Northern Ontario) are both intimate and grand. The psychological trauma and road to healing is truly magic and is so worth reading. While the Three-Day Road from the book refers to the journey of death, I think we all take our own versions of that journey towards enlightenment; our discovery of who we are and what is important to us.
What do you think?