The Lodge

The Lodge

by Anna Maxymiw
  • from-ontario
  • memoir
  • wilderness-outdoors-nature

The Lodge follows Anna through nine weeks of working as a housekeeper at a fishing lodge 100 kilometres south of James Bay – one summer of dirty work and dirtier humour, black bears and four-foot-long pike, and hot days and nights spent alongside the ghosts and spirits of Northern Ontario. As Anna grows accustomed to the ferocity of the boreal forest and the fishermen at the lodge, she comes face to face with dangerous wildlife, experiences unparalleled joy, and finds herself permanently altered by the fierceness of the environment, with a new repertoire of dirty jokes from the dockhands.

This memoir is a reflection on the nuances of the trophy fish and the people who pursue them, the fierce bonds that develop through shared, hard labour, and the everlasting power of the boreal forest and the creatures that inhabit it. When human ‘civilization’ meets black spruce, one yields to the other, and wildness follows.


Anna Maxymiw, author

Anna Maxymiw completed her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia; her work has appeared in a range of Canadian and American publications, with some of the more notable being The Globe and Mail and The Walrus. Essays from her forthcoming memoir have been published in The Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, and Hazlitt and won Silver in the Humour category at the National Magazine Awards, where the piece was also nominated in the Personal Journalism category.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Transatlantic Agency



rights available: World, excl. Canada

Additional Information

number of pages: 250

publication date: 05/01/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript