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Body Trade

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 beings them into contact with pre ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Signature Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 22, 2014 Véronique rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The story of a journey as told by two very different women, one a tough (at least she thinks so) white woman, the other a younger aboriginal woman with inner strength. Curiously, although the author is white, I feel that she did a better job creating the native character. There are some lapses in the plot and the end is not entirely satisfying, but it held my interest enough for me to make it to the end. More interesting than the book is the author herself, whom I met when an author tour came th ...more
Apr 01, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of two young girls from the NWT going on an adventurous road trip south to newly independent Belize in the early '70s is masterfully interwoven with the (true) story of a winter plane crash in the Barrens. The two stories of innocent journeys turn to increasingly desperate struggles to survive. As I was reading, I couldn't help but see 'Body Trade' as a 'Heart of Darkness' for our time.
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Jul 03, 2012 Lisa Nikolits rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a gripping, disturbing, enlightening and beautifully written book, then Body Trade's the novel for you. This unique story combines lyrical prose, compelling characters and raw sensual imagery. The tension, almost unbearable at times, makes you want to hurry along to see what happens next - but you don't want to rush for fear you'll miss the powerfully crafted words.
Aug 13, 2012 Leanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The UBC creative writing program has graduated a number of talented writers, Margaret Macpherson included. This book was really engaging from start to finish and while in retrospect, I should have seen the ending coming, I did not see the ending coming.
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