Sharma Shields: "My Favorite Weirdo"
“The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is deeply strange and strangely moving.”—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
Sharma Shields shares The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, a fantastical multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.
Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind.
Eli hunts, obsessed, for the rest of his life. And each of his descendants must battle a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes.
Boldly imaginative, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face.
“Sparkling…Eli’s quest is not unlike Ahab’s, and Shields writes with piercing insight about the monsters that keep us from connecting with one another in this funny and wise first novel.”—Booklist
“I’ve never read a stranger and more beautiful meditation on familial love and guilt than this novel. Plus, baby-snatching eagles, sea monsters, sasquatches, unicorns, octopus grandmas, and ghosts. Sharma Shields is my favorite weirdo in American letters.”—J. Robert Lennon, author of See You in Paradise
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma has received the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children.