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Body Trade

May 31, 2011 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781897109502
$19.95
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Description

Body Trade weaves together two stories of survival. The main narrative follows Rosie and Tanya, two young Canadian women who decide to leave the Northwest Territories and head south on an ill-conceived road trip through California, Mexico and Central America. The story takes a life-defining twist when their search for freedom and adventure brings them into contact with predators of the Central American sex trafficking trade. The girls' journey into unknown and dangerous territory is punctuated with scenes from a plane crash in the far North, underlining the novel's themes of survival, betrayal, epiphany and hope. In a deeply personal narrative that explores power, sexual manipulation, cultural consumption and trust, Body Trade asks the ultimate question: To what terrifying places will we journey, and at what cost, in order to save our own lives?

About this Author

Margaret Macpherson is a writer and teacher, originally from Canada's Northwest Territiories. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and has worked as an essayist and journalist in Halifax, Bermuda and Vancouver. She is a published poet and the author of four non-fiction books, including the award-winning Nellie McClung: Voice for the Voiceless. Both her debut short-story collection, Perilous Departures, and her first novel, Released, were finalists for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. Her seventh book, the novel Body Trade, was the winner of the 2012 NorthWords Prize.

ISBN: 9781897109502
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Signature Editions
Published: 2011-05-31

Reviews

"Body Trade is an unusual story that offers a unique look at the Canadian North and the people who live in it, escape from it or survive its harsh realities." -- Cheryl Purdey, Edmonton Journal

"Throughout [Body Trade], this skilled author builds strong and at times gut-wrenching tension, using the threat of sexual exploitation in the sinister corners of San Francisco, East LA, Mexico City, Guadalajara and, finally, Placencia (Belize). That Macpherson manages to weave in larger subjects such as betrayal, cultural erasure, disappeared women and the effects of imperialism only highlights her abilities." -- Anne Sorbie, Alberta Views

"Body Trade... is a haunting road novel best described as a poetic thriller grounded in the real world." -- Lesley Hughes, Winnipeg Free Press

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