A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage

A Geography of Blood

By Candace Savage

  • Release Date: 2012-08-04
  • Genre: History
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings
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Finalist, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

When Candace Savage and her partner buy a house in the romantic little town of Eastend, she has no idea what awaits her. At first she enjoys exploring the area around their new home, including the boyhood haunts of the celebrated American writer Wallace Stegner, the back roads of the Cypress Hills, the dinosaur skeletons at the T.Rex Discovery Centre, the fossils to be found in the dust-dry hills. She also revels in her encounters with the wild inhabitants of this mysterious land-three coyotes in a ditch at night, their eyes glinting in the dark; a deer at the window; a cougar pussy-footing it through a gully a few minutes' walk from town.

But as Savage explores further, she uncovers a darker reality-a story of cruelty and survival set in the still-recent past--and finds that she must reassess the story she grew up with as the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of prairie homesteaders.

Beautifully written, impeccably researched, and imbued with Savage's passion for this place, A Geography of Blood offers both a shocking new version of plains history and an unforgettable portrait of the windswept, shining country of the Cypress Hills.


  • Good book

    By Mamaberlin
    I was quite surprised at how much of the geography I knew but nothing of the stories. Thank you.
  • Thanks for this book

    By Daybrightner
    Powwow drums are beating in my heart and I don't even know what that means yet but I feel it. We have teepee rings on our farm and ranch south of Consul and I believe you Candice when you said , that if you put a light in every teepee ring the whole Cypress Hills would light up. We need to shine a light on the injustices of the native people's. We ranchers have an opportunity right now to help right some of the wrongs of the past. The Federal Government is selling off PFRA pasture. I wish we patrons could go into a joint venture with the Native People's. I would love to see the land go back to the rightful owners and we do business together and yes the tensions need to be diffused. I believe they can with the help of this book. Thanks Candice. June Stetar Rancher's Wife