The Tinsmith

The Tinsmith

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During the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, Anson Baird, a surgeon for the Union Army, is on the front line tending to the wounded. As the number of casualties rises, a mysterious soldier named John comes to Anson's aid. Deeply affected by the man's selfless actions, Anson soon realizes that John is no ordinary soldier, and that he harbors a dangerous secret. In the bizarre aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, this secret forges an intense bond between the two men.

Twenty years later on the other side of the continent, Anson discovers his old comrade-in-arms is mysteriously absent, an apparent victim of the questionable business ethics of the pioneer salmon canners. Haunted by the violence of his past, and disillusioned with his present, Anson is compelled to discover the fate of his missing friend, a fate inextricably linked to his own.

"Altogether, a story of impressive scope, and bristling with action." --Jack Matthews, author of The Gambler's Nephew

Publisher: [Victoria, B.C.] : Brindle & Glass, c2012.
ISBN: 9781926972435
Branch Call Number: BOWLI
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hodgins, Jack 1938-

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cmcpherson
Oct 03, 2013

Historical fiction taking place in both historic Ladner B.C. and during America's Civil war. Tim Bowling provides a compelling story following characters to Ladner and presents a vivid description of life on the Delta and the early fishing industry.

bwortman Apr 25, 2013

Highly descriptive historical fiction, Bowling provides vivid imagery describing both the realities of a Civil War battle and its aftermath as well as the grungy frontier-like atmosphere of late 19th-century salmon canning settlements. Anson and John are both intriguing characters and while Anson is always an open book to the reader, John remains a mystery for much of the novel leaving us to wonder what happened prior to him encountering the doctor. As much a character study of what makes us who we are as an evocation of a historical period, Bowling weaves a tale that moves at a steady pace and explores how well we can truly understand one another.

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Libarbarian
Nov 08, 2012

Finalist Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2012. Jury citation: "Lyrical in both its beauty and its horror, The Tinsmith reveals a writer at the height of his powers. From the battlefields of the American Civil War to the salmon canning wars in British Columbia, Bowling creates vivid worlds that move us. In John Dare – the heir to both of these conflicts – we meet a character of great moral complexity, a man trying to come to grips with the mystery at the heart of his identity. Bowling’s vision is grand, fierce and bloody."

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