The Roads of Go Home Lake cover

Adult Fiction

The Roads of Go Home Lake is the long-awaited sequel to Christina Kilbourne’s award winning debut novel Day of the Dog-Tooth Violets.

The Roads of Go Home Lake is a book of adult literary fiction, but is also appropriate for young adults. It takes an unflinching look at the generational effects of family violence, adult illiteracy, racism and poverty by weaving together the present-day life and childhood memories of Winnie St. Pierre.

Running from fear of prosecution and the threat of losing their children to child protection authorities, Winnie's parents whisk her and her baby brother from their small-town apartment to a deserted logging town in Muskoka. From that moment their lives change drastically and they are forced to rely on their knowledge of the land to survive. Their life in the bush is sometimes harsh and always isolated, but predictable and safe, until their past catches up with them.

As an adult living back in civilization, Winnie has extraordinary hunting and trapping skills, but little experience of the modern world. She is lost when she finds herself suddenly widowed with six children to support and no job prospects. It takes all of her strength to change her life, but she finds the courage to seek help from those around her. In reaching out, Winnie is able to face her past and reunite with her long-estranged family.

The Roads of Go Home Lake is a novel of heritage and blood, it is a novel of courage and healing, it is a novel of inner growth and universal hope.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to supporting victims of family violence and promoting literacy in First Nations communities across Canada.

Praise for The Roads of Go Home Lake

  • Refreshing for this genre, Kilbourne reveals how coming of age may not always occur in one's younger years alone, but can equally entail a mature adult's discovery of new aspects of her life by revisiting her adolescent past with fresh eyes and more information.
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Awards and Recognitions

  • Winner of the 2002 Muskoka Novel Marathon
  • Winner of a 2003 Works In Progress, Ontario Arts Council Grant.
  • Included in the Association of Book Publishers of BC Aboriginal Catalogue