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Red Tuque Books Inc.  9780980960839
Title: Stalking the Wild Heart
Author: Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski
ISBN: 9780980960839
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: GraceSprings Collective
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Price: 28.00

Stalking the Wild Heart is a unique and intimate novel told through the voices of childhood friends, Emily and Rachel. While introverted Emily remains to homestead in the 1970's, near the isolated mining town where they grew up, extroverted Rachel strikes out to see the world. Eventually the two narrative strands converge as each woman is drawn back to Hawkstone and at last to Loon Lake where everything began and ended for Emily. Up against an abusive marriage and corporate greed, Emily's life begins to unravel. A series of mysterious and life-altering events lead the reader towards the startling conclusion.

Review - 'Deanna Barnhardt Kawatski's beautifully written novel launches us into the world of her previous memoirs, Wilderness Mother and Clara and Me. She again paints the vivid beauty of nature, this time through the eyes of Emily, a dedicated homesteader. Kawatski captures our hearts, minds, and souls in the aching story of a woman who must save herself from an abusive relationship while pitting herself against corporate 'stalkers' who would destroy the wilderness she loves. The story is cast against a setting of such grandeur and awe-inspiring creation, that each page literally turns itself in honour of Kawatski's riveting authorship.' - Bette Shippam, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Review #2 - 'Kawatski's debut novel deals with the damage done to families and the environment, and how such traumas as clear-cutting, extinction, war, and domestic violence are intimately connected. Within this eco-literary framework Kawatski's poetic eye enriches the novel, evoking the beauty of the woods and making setting one of its key characters. Within this vibrant natural world, the story of Emily is one that faces catastrophe but deals in hope.' - Nancy Holmes, Professor & Poet, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, author of Mandorla, editor of Open Wide a Wilderness