From the Back Cover:
First published in hardcover in 1981, The Tent Peg has been acclaimed in Europe and has appeared in numerous editions, including German, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian.
Aritha van Herk, author of Judith and No Fixed Address, reveals a striking new dimension to her talent with the intriguing story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to obtain a job in a uranium prospecting camp deep in the Yukon mountains. J.L. – on the run from an empty heart, desperate for solitude, solitude that eludes her from the moment she hangs up her pots and pans in the cooktent and the men in the camp begin to drift towards her, drawn to her silence. Drifters, romantics and outcasts, they have come to the North in search of answers they can’t define.
With unerring perception and impressive literary skill, the author has captured the mystical mood of the Arctic and the people who are drawn to it. Charting the course of one unforgettable summer, The Tent Peg confirms Aritha van Herk as one of the nation’s most exciting young writers.