Sneak Peek of John Vaillant's book "The Jaguar's Children"

January 2, 2015 | Book Buzz

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The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon winter season opens on January 13 with a program featuring award-winning author John Vaillant. He will be appearing with CBC broadcaster Gill Deacon to discuss his work.

The Jaguar's ChildrenAlready the author of two best-selling non-fiction books, Vaillant's first novel, The Jaguar's Children, will be published on January 6. It has already received starred reviews in Kirkus and Library Journal and has been favourably compared to the literary thrillers of John le Carré. Joseph Boyden describes it as "a literary mystery, an engrossing tour de force, and a brilliant commentary on humanity’s role in the physical world".

It tells the story of thirteen Mexicans attempting to cross the US border illegally who have been abandoned in a sealed truck with limited food and water by the coyotes who have been transporting them. Hérbert Gonzalez, is among them. As he uses his friend César's cellphone to get help, he tells the story of his life and how he came to be in this horrible situation.

Intrigued? Read the first chapter.

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The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant is published by Knopf Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada.

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