What do a Canadian farm woman and a Brazilian plant collector have in common? An enigmatic death, a monkey and destiny. Liberty Hall and Acacia Aranha are worlds apart, but share the same dreams. Death brings them together in the city of Manaus on the Amazon River, but pales beside the river journey Libby and Acacia are compelled to take- a journey of mystery and revelation.
"Days and Nights on the Amazon is a novel as dark, rich and mysterious as the river of the title. This is the erotic inner voice of woman, at times teasing and playful or taunting and tempting, but always aware of its power. It is a novel of love and obsession; an exploration of life rooted in nature."
-Catherine Ford, The Calgary Herald
"A river-run tale, narrated by the Amazon herself. A dog who prefers electrical outlets to sunbeams. And a woman, whose "road trip" adventure depends solely on the river's whispered dreams of seduction and escape. This is a strange and compelling story."
"As she demonstrated in Bone Bird, Darlene Quaife is a writer of wit and courage. In this her second novel, she charts dangerous lives and follows a cunning river in a fine demonstration of her passion for life and true poetic vision."
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An Albertan, Darlene Barry-Quaife claims the same divine right as k.d. lang: to be the incarnation of a talented but dead woman. Painter and writer Emily Carr's desire to see the heart of nature and the nature of man lives on in Barry-Quaife, whose previous works have taken us from Vancouver Island to the Amazon to the grave. Quaife’s latest novel is a thriller called Polar Circus, and was published under the name D.A. Barry. Polar Circus was short-listed for the Writers Guild of Alberta, Georges Bugnet Novel Award. Darlene Barry-Quaife also won the 1989 Commonwealth Writers Prize.