About this book
Narrator Alexander MacDonald recounts the history of his family - from the emigration of Calum Macdonald from the Scottish Highlands in 1779 and the building of a new clan in Nova Scotia - in this sweeping and magnificently reviewed novel. "You will find scenes of this majestic novel burned into your mind forever" Alice Munro.
Alexander MacDonald tells the story of his family from the vantage point of the 1980s. In 1779, driven from his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands for Canada. Reaching "the land of trees", he settles his extensive family until they become a separate Nova Scotian clan.