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Back to the frontier

Alix Hawley’s sophomore novel continues the adventures of Daniel Boone


My Name Is a Knife

Alix Hawley

Vintage Canada

ALIX HAWLEY’S My Name Is a Knife is the sequel to her acclaimed 2015 novel All True Not a Lie in It, which won the First Novel Award and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The previous volume introduced us to someone we thought we already knew: legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone. The mythology surrounding this character is renowned, but who was Boone, really? This is the question that motivates Hawley’s novels, both of which are graphically detailed, psychologically probing, and often gripping in the moment but, considered together, not entirely satisfying.

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