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CanLit150

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The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire Mulligan

The Reckoning of Boston Jim (2007)

(From Brindle & Glass)

The colony of British Columbia, 1863. Boston Jim Milroy, a lone trapper and trader with an eidetic memory and a tragic unreckoned past, has become obsessed with reciprocating a seemingly minor kindness from the loquacious Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. Dora's kindness and her life story both haunt Boston Jim, and his precise recollections inspire his attempts to buy something suitable for her in return. In The Reckoning of Boston Jim, his search eventually leads him to the gold rush town of Barkerville on the trail of Dora's capricious husband Eugene—the one thing, after all, that she really wants.

Longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the 2008 BC Book Prizes

Claire Mulligan

(From Penguin Random House)

Claire Mulligan's first work of historical fiction, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize as well as the Ethel Wilson Award. Claire was born and raised in British Columbia and graduated from UBC in 1995. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three young children.