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The Find by Kathy Page

The Find by Kathy Page
McArthur & Company, 2010. 256 pp.

“And then, as she emerged from a slow rightwards bend in the river’s course, she saw, as if laid out as a gift, her find: a long line of protruding nodules in the riverbed shale. It could only be the spinal column of some enormous creature long-dead, buried, slowly exposed again, and now ready to be seen.”

A day’s prospecting leads paleontologist Anna Silowski to make an extraordinary discovery in a remote part of British Columbia, but at the same time, tensions below the surface of her successful career are exposed. Pushed towards breakdown, Anna finds herself unexpectedly dependent on high-school drop-out Scott Macleod, and recruits him to help on the excavation of her find. Scott is soon way out of his depth, and the excavation, controversial and technically difficult, teeters on the edge of disaster… The Find is a compelling story about discovery, inheritance and fate, and a moving exploration of the possibilities that hide within a seemingly impossible relationship.

“Packed with interesting elements… The abundance of information about pterosaurs, archeology, native political struggles, academic rivalry, alcoholism and Huntington’s disease is woven into the story seamlessly, only adding to the pleasure of its satisfying, unclichéd conclusion.” Globe & Mail
Kathy page’s two previous novels, Alphabet and The Story of My Face, were listed for a GG and The Orange Prize respectively. Like them, The Find is both a page turner and an emotionally rich, thought provoking read: just perfect for book club discussions.

Articles about the writing of and research for The Find can be found, along with reviews and reader comments at:

Kathy’s website: KathyPage.info

Read a Review of The Find from the Globe & Mail

View the Reading Guide for this book

Read an Interview with Kathy Page

Listen to Kathy Page read from The Find

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