This is a great introduction to the novels of Richard Ford, (I've a few of his other books at home, but as yet haven't read). I picked this one as I was curious about the title, and as someone who loved visiting Canada, was even more intrigued. But its the opening passage, in which our narrator tells us about his parents robbing a bank and the murders that followed. Its already got you. The tale is told to us by our narrator, 15 year old Dell Parsons. His twin sister, Berner flees from the family after Mom and Dad are arrested and its left to poor Dell to fend for himself. Raised in Montana in a place called Great Falls, (makes me suspect Ford purposely chose this town) its not long before Dell follows Berner's lead and leaves town too. He ends up in a small underdeveloped town in Saskatchewan, and finds himself with a rather brutish assortment of characters including Arthur, a well known local with connections and his sidekick Charles Quarters, who makes Dell feel uneasy in his presence. The book is an epic and in two parts. The first a look back from an older version of Dell which focusses on his parents and leading up to the bank robbery, while part two is more about the ways Dell comes to terms with his life and trying to make good decisions. Its a nice way to end the summer adult book reading programme. Finding and discovering some great voices, incredible prose and enlightening images.