Claire Mulligan
The Reckoning of Boston Jim


The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire MulliganAt the height of the Cariboo Gold Rush, two men come face to face with themselves in this absorbing historical novel.

The colony of British Columbia, 1863. ‘Boston’ Jim Milroy, a lone trapper and trader with an eidetic memory and a tragic unreckoned past, has become obsessed with reciprocating a seemingly minor kindness from the loquacious Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. Dora’s kindness and her life story both haunt Boston Jim, and his precise recollections inspire his attempts to buy something suitable for her in return. Eventually his search leads him to the gold rush town of Barkerville on the trail of Dora’s capricious husband Eugene—the one thing, after all, that she really wants.

Longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

The Reckoning of Boston Jim marks the appearance of a writer fully in command of her strengths. It deserves every accolade that can be applied to it.”—Vancouver Sun

“This is a clever and assured first novel that deserves to be noticed and announces a strong new voice in Canadian storytelling.”—Quill & Quire (starred review)

Length: 320 pp
Setting: British Columbia
Period: 19th century

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Claire Mulligan  

Originally from British Columbia, Claire Mulligan has travelled extensively, and currently lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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