Susan Haley

Susan Haley’s first two novels, A Nest of Singing Birds and Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, were made into movies for CBC-TV. Most recently she has published The Complaints Department (2000), Maggie's Family (2002) and The Murder of Medicine Bear (2003). Haley and her partner ran a charter airline in Fort Norman, Northwest Territories, for 15 years. She now lives in Black River, Nova Scotia.



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Petitot: A Novel
Susan Haley

2013 / Ficton / $31.95
9781554471263 / Trade paper / 368 pp


Fresh out of college and reeling from the failure of a marriage that had barely even begun, Marcus takes a teaching job in a tiny northern-Canadian native community. While struggling to grasp his own predicament, Marcus finds himself entangled in much larger community tragedies—the suicide of an aging priest and the death of two young students from exposure. But it is his discovery of the writings of Émile Petitot—a controversial nineteenth-century missionary Oblate priest, linguist and ‘explorer’—which finally threatens to unhinge Marcus, launching him on an obsessive quest for answers. In this novel, Susan Haley explores the troubled life and dubious claims of Father Petitot, whose fifteen years beneath the Arctic Circle were punctuated by scandal, delusional behaviour and episodes of outright madness and paranoia—problems which caused him to be shuffled from mission to mission, temporary excommunication and even forcibly hospitalized by the bishop. Haley’s binocular approach ruptures the normal historical perspective as she attempts to depict Petitot in all his complexity, both through the eyes of his Inuit and Cree contemporaries and through those of Marcus, who sifts through the written records of one man’s life in search for the truth about us all.

Other Books by this Author

The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2005 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031981 / Trade paper / 336 pp
The Murder of Medicine Bear
Susan Haley

2003 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031776 / Fine / 464 pp
The Murder of Medicine Bear
Susan Haley

2003 / Fiction / $27.95 CAN
9781894031769 / Trade paper / 464 pp
Maggie’s Family
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031592 / Fine / 288 pp
Maggie’s Family
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $21.95 CAN
9781894031585 / Trade paper / 288 pp
The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $49.95 CAN
9781894031257 / Fine / 304 pp
The Complaints Department
Susan Haley

2002 / Fiction / $18.95 CAN
9781894031264 / Trade paper / 304 pp
Blame it on the Spruce Budworm
Susan Haley

1998 / Fiction / $17.95 CAN
9781894031066 / Trade paper / 240 pp

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