Author Tags: Cariboo, Fiction

Touched by the kindness of a Cowichan Valley settler named Dora Hume in the 1860s, lonesome trapper Boston Jim decides to search for her capricious husband in the gold rush town of Barkerville in The Reckoning of Boston Jim (Brindle & Glass, $24.95), a first novel by Claire Mulligan who graduated from UBC and moved to Pennsylvania. It was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and 'longlisted' for the Giller Prize in 2008. 1-897142-21-8

Her second work of historical fiction, The Dark (Random House $32.95, recalls the Fox Sisters—Maggie, Katie and Leah—who purportedly communicated with ghosts, as part of quasi-religious Spiritualist movement in the late 1800s, replete with mediums and séances. A practical New York physician named Mrs. Mellon reluctantly becomes the link to the sisters, when only one of them is still alive. 978-0-385-67177-4

Claire Mulligan was raised in B.C. and graduated from UBC in 1995.

[BCBW 2013] "Fiction"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Reckoning of Boston Jim: A Novel