Shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

“Andrew Westoll went deep inside the jungle, looking for a sacred, tiny, shining, blue frog, and discovered that perhaps hell and heaven have the same address.” - Eduardo Galeano

“A freewheeling and vividly written essay on the mysteries and longings of what it is to be human in a world of cynicism and loss — and more significantly, what it is to be hopeful, to persevere, in the search for redemption and beauty.” – The Globe and Mail

“Among the questions our future hangs on is this: Can we begin to care about the world’s forgotten corners? Andrew Westoll finds an answer in the jungles of Suriname, which in his fevered words contains every threatened treasure, every blood-stained secret, and every possible last chance. Great writing is borne of obsession, and The Riverbones is the pure stuff–a headlong plunge into darkness in search of the light.” - J.B. MacKinnon, author of Dead Man in Paradise

“The Riverbones is a fascinating journey through a landscape thick with tragedy, rot, mystery and searing beauty. Andrew Westoll moves with a poet’s eye and an adventurer’s hunger.”- Charles Montgomery, author of The Last Heathen

“The visions it conjured to me of the country, of the landscape, of the heat and misery and beauty, was overwhelming, like a fever dream. Absolutely breathtaking.” - Carolyn Smart, poet and author of Hooked

“Not only is The Riverbones a great travel read, it is a brave book that ends with a plea for social justice for the Surinamese Maroons…. A fascinating journey through a country little known… this is a book about a place you may well never visit except through the eyes of an author.” - The Sun Times

Beautifully written…. for every answer this book provides, it raises a clutch of questions–oddly in keeping with Suriname itself.” The Irish Times

“A compelling travelogue… it’s a privilege to go along for the ride.” Wanderlust


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