The Canterbury Trail
A Finalist for Banff Mountain Book of the Year 2011
It’s the last ski weekend of the season and a mishmash of snow-enthusiasts is on its way to a remote backwoods cabin. In an odd pilgrimage through the mountains, the townsfolk of Coalton—from the ski bum to the urbanite—embark on a bizarre adventure that walks the line between comedy and tragedy. As the rednecks mount their sleds and the hippies snowshoe through the cedar forest, we see rivals converge for the weekend. While readers follow the characters on their voyage up and over the mountain, stereotypes of ski-town culture fall away. Loco, the ski bum, is about to start his first real job; Alison, the urbanite, is forced to learn how to wield an avalanche shovel; and Michael, the real estate developer, is high on mushroom tea.
In a blend of mordant humour and heartbreak, Angie Abdou chronicles a day in the life of these industrious few as they attempt to conquer the mountain. In an avalanche of action, Angie Abdou explores the way in which people treat their fellow citizens and the landscape they love.
Advance Praise for The Canterbury Trail:
Take a tiny ski cabin in the middle of an avalanche trap, add pot, mix with booze, then shake until the earth moves and wild yarns will get spun. Out of BC rides Angie Abdou, a story-slinger with a bear of a tale about the mountain west today. Jump on quick and hold on tight: it's a wild and ribald ride." - Sid Marty, author of The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek
The Canterbury Trail Reviews:
National Post on The Canterbury Trail
Calgary Herald on The Canterbury Trail
Friends of Banff Park Radio Interview on The Canterbury Trail, March 13, 2011
The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, March 21, 2011 [21mb MP3] -
or click here to access stream from CBC's website
BackcountrySkiingCanada.com on The Canterbury Trail
Shelf Monkey on The Canterbury Trail
Faded Paper Project on The Canterbury Trail
The Canterbury Trail's Review at Lavenderlines.wordpress.com
The Canadian Book Review on The Canterbury Trail
Chaucer Meets Ski Culture - Review by Lisa McGonigle
The Canterbury Trail - Officially Launched!
Mountain West Voices with Clay Scott
The Winnipeg Review
Bookgaga on The Canterbury Trail
Reading for the Joy of It