Published for the first time in the USA, October 17th, with JACKLEG PRESS

A South Pacific Kiriyama Prize Notable Book

READING at BROADSIDE BOOKS , 247 Main Street , Northampton, MA 01060

Tuesday, October 17th, 7pm

“Spellbinding. Enormously rich and satisfying.”

– Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider

ON THE WHALE ROAD, a sailing vessel and her small research crew follow the Hwaelweg –the path of the whale– through the South Pacific to New Zealand to see if any whales are left at all. Based on a true tale of the voyage, WHALE ROAD embraces magical realism in a story told to an unborn child, in which a sailor falls off a cliff and turns into an albatross and a pod of female sperm whales chase the setting sun.

Drawing by Dr. Sharon McCutchen, DVM