Gail Anderson-Dargatz has been published worldwide in English and many other languages. Her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, while international bestsellers A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were both finalists for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her other books include Turtle Valley and A Rhinestone Button. Anderson-Dargatz lives in the Shuswap in south central BC, the landscape found in so much of her writing.
The Spawning Grounds
The Spawning Grounds is an intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia — a bold new story that bridges Native and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run. On the one side is Eugene Robertson, a rancher who settled during the gold rush of the 1860s. On the other side is a Shuswap community that has its own tangled history with the river — and the white population. At the heart of the novel are Hannah and Brandon Robertson, teenagers whose lives and understanding of their world are thrown into chaos when a new development project further threatens an already fragile river system.