I Am the Earth the Plants Grow Through
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This is a book about three generations of an unusual family, the Heyerdahls, lesser adventurers all. In 1971 a young man walks 1,200 km, from Halifax to Montreal, to stand on a bridge at midnight and become a photographer. He meets a woman who builds motorcycles as a hobby and in 1977 they travel across Canada on her fast motorcycles to attend an exhibition of his pictures of her in Vancouver. In 2021 their daughter-in-law is a beekeeper on city rooftops, a 12-year-old boy skips school to go downtown and learn how other people live, and an old man takes LSD, trying to cure the numbness that has overtaken him. Written in a series of 53 chapters, this is a story about how family can be our one place in the world.