Jim Nason launches his new book 'Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals'.
Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals tells the story of ninety-one- year old Skye Rayburn and her troubled relationship with her daughter and the opportunity to ‘get it right’ with her grandson, Duncan, who she raises from the time he is two years old. Throughout his childhood, Skye tells Duncan stories about the animals that she treats in her veterinary practice – children’s fables that she hopes will help him to understand his mother’s death and his relationship with his homeless father.
Years later, Duncan is invited to the Edinburgh Festival for his first art show at Summerhall (originally known as the Royal Dick Veterinary College). Skye recalls her time there as a student and of the experience that caused her to leave Scotland for Canada under shame’s cruel shadow. Ultimately, this novel is about the insistence of Spirit – across time and mistakes, geography and generations.