My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really, really liked reading The Last Crossing. It has to be described as an epic, because it is the story of a nation, boiled down into the lives of four central narrators. Through their eyes, we see the creation of a nation, the wars and violence, the uncomfortable mixture of cultures, the travel, the hardship and love. These are big themes, but Vanderhaeghe does an excellent job of crafting an exciting tale, the search for a brother in the wilderness. It’s also quite an accomplishment to successfully give voice to four narrators, weaving their stories together. The Last Crossing well deserves to be an award-winning novel that should be read by Canadians and Americans alike. Who doesn’t love good frontier fiction?