With the purported Christmas Day sighting of a sasquatch in our area, The Wild Heavens – the debut novel by Nelson-based writer and wildlife researcher Sarah Louise Butler – may be even more plausible, and gripping.
Publisher Douglas & McIntyre, who should be applauded for printing the book here in Canada – a rarity these days, describes the book as follows: “It all starts with an impossibly large set of tracks, footprints for a creature that could not possibly exist. The words sasquatch, bigfoot and yeti never occur in this novel, but that is what most people would call the hairy, nine-foot creature that would become a lifelong obsession for Aidan Fitzpatrick, and in turn, his granddaughter Sandy Langley.
“The novel spans the course of single winter day, interspersed with memories from Sandy’s life—childhood days spent with her distracted, scholarly grandfather in a remote cabin in British Columbia’s interior mountains; later recollections of new motherhood; and then the tragic disappearance that would irrevocably shape the rest of her life, a day when all signs of the mysterious creature would disappear for thirty years. When the enigmatic tracks finally reappear, Sandy sets out on the trail alone, determined to find out the truth about the mystery that has shaped her life.”
“The Wild Heavens is an impressive and evocative debut, containing beauty, tragedy and wonder in equal parts.”
According to Valley writer Tom Wayman, “Sarah Louise Butler demonstrates an astonishing ability to mix an intense and precise attention to detail regarding the natural world and family life with a powerful and convincing evocation of the inexplicable occurrences and essential mysteries that are aspects of both. . . . Butler’s accomplished command of style and story invites readers in and shows them marvels.”