Joseph
Boyden

Awards

2005 Winner

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

for Three Day Road

Jury Citation

Three Day Road is a compelling and memorable novel that looks unflinchingly at a great horror yet is also full of great beauty. Boyden’s three Cree Nation protagonists are wholly original creations in Canadian fiction, and their story of friendship, self-discovery, and sacrifice is handled with remarkable maturity and insight. The novel convincingly moves between the disappearing way of life of the Cree Nation in Canada’s wilderness and the brutality of Europe consuming itself in war. Powerfully disturbing in its depictions of the soul-destroying trench warfare on the two Cree soldiers, the novel also takes us into a haunting world of Cree mysticism and myth. The book is a tragedy, a poignant elegy, but also a confirmation of the possibility of redemption, written in mesmerizing, accomplished prose. Three Day Road is illuminating, it is powerful, and it is unforgettable.” — 2005 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Anita Rau Badami, Lewis DeSoto, and Mary Swan)