The Beothuk Expedition
Based on Cartwright’s ill-fated expedition in search of the Beothuk.
Jonah Squibb and his Royal Navy companions are tasked with making the first peaceful contact with the Beothuk in more than a century and a half. Conspiring against them are the unforgiving wilderness, unscrupulous merchants and politicians, and the Beothuk’s mistrust of the party’s motives.
Greed and compassion collide in this robust and spirited novel that recreates the epic 1768 Cartwright mission to right the wrongs of a bloody past. The novel breathes new life into events that sealed the fate of the Beothuk and etched the very soul of Newfoundland.
“Derek Yetman tells the story of Cartwright’s expedition more thoroughly and vividly than it’s ever been told before. His Cartwright is human and humane, heroic but flawed. His depiction of the encounter of the Europeans with the Beothuk is unsentimental, never idealized, yet powerfully moving. I hope Yetman’s book finds the large audience that it deserves.”
-Wayne Johnston, A World Elsewhere, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, and The Divine Ryans
“The young narrator, Newfoundland-born Jonah Squibb and his shipmates (an assortment of scoundrels and idealists, including John Cartwright and Sir Hugh Palliser) are completely convincing. The Beothuk Expedition is a story of high adventure that kept me engaged until the very end.”
-Bernice Morgan, Random Passage, The Topography of Love, and Cloud of Bone
“The Beothuk Expedition avoids sentimentality, offering instead an expert melding of history and action with a moving account of Newfoundland history’s more tragic chapters.”
-Darrell Squires, the Western Star