From acclaimed writer Steven Heighton comes an utterly compelling story set in an age of rising nationalism and growing intolerance. Afterlands re-imagines the true story of two men and a woman who, along with sixteen unlucky companions, were cast adrift on an ice floe after the 1872 Polaris expedition failed. Roland Kruger, a German immigrant, finds himself drawn to the mysterious Inuit woman Tukulito, while George Tyson, the compromised leader of the expedition, faces a mutiny as supplies run low. But it is only when Tyson publishes his dangerously dishonest account of the polar events a few years afterward that the full effects of those tragic months of hardship and deprivation are felt. Afterlands is a novel rich with unrequited love, divided loyalty and unsettled scores. This novel is a triumph of storytelling from one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers. Gripping and beautiful, it is a scintillating exploration of the extremes of human experience. Afterlands brilliantly examines both a devastating encounter with the natural world and the unrelenting demands of the human heart.