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The Gilded Beaver

Author(s): Margaret Lindsay Holton

Location(s): Hamilton, Muskoka, Toronto

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): 1980s

Winner of the Hamilton Book Awards, 1999.

What happens when a talented and up-and-coming Canadian fine furniture female designer, Iris, accepts a mysterious commission from a enigmatic and eccentric billionaire from Toronto who says he wants “good chairs”?

The rules are simple: the chairs must be designed and crafted in Canada, made from Canadian natural materials, and intended to last for centuries. If he gets what he wants, he’ll pay any price for these world-class Canadian chairs.

Iris has to bring all she’s got to this challenging design commission. In so doing, she soon butts heads with the enigmatic global trader.

An enduring tale of discovery that questions real value.

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