The Evolution of Alice

by David A Robertson

Grade: for grade 12 to adult
4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)
SKU: 978-1-55379-518-6 Categories: ,


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This haunting, emotionally resonant story delivers us into the world of Alice, a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up. Alice has never had an easy life, but has managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family. When an unthinkable loss occurs, Alice is forced onto a different path, one that will challenge her belief in herself and the world she thought she knew. The Evolution of Alice is the kaleidoscopic story of one woman’s place within the web of community. Peopled with unforgettable characters and told from multiple points of view, this is a novel where spirits are alive, forgiveness is possible, and love is the only thing that matters.


The Evolution of Alice cements Robertson’s well-earned reputation as a great Manitoba storyteller. It’s a book every[one] should read.
—Matthew TenBruggencate, Winnipeg Free Press

A SOLS First Nation Communities READ recommended title, 2015–2016

Winner of On The Same PageEvolution of Alice was voted as the book all Manitobans should read in 2016. On The Same Page is a mass reading project that invites readers of all ages to read a Manitoba authored book. The project is about encouraging a life long love of reading; honouring books by Manitoba authors and encouraging all to participate in fun and interactive ways to celebrate the same book at the same time. Explore the book with the Reader’s Guide.

The eBook is available in ePub format.


6 reviews for The Evolution of Alice

  1. 4 out of 5


    The Evolution of Alice by David Robertson was a heartbreaking story about a single mom raising three girls with the help of her family and close friend, Gideon. When a tragic event occurs one night, life will never be the same. Alice, her daughters and Gideon were realistic characters and their story was compelling. I thought this would be a five star book but about three-quarters of the way through, Robertson introduced several random characters. It made the book confusing as I struggled to keep all these people straight. I also failed to see how they enhanced the story. Overall, this was an engaging book about family bonds, relationships and forgiveness. Thank you, Netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I totally loved this book. The characters are real, devoted but sometimes self-centered, like everyone needs to be at times. The sadness sprang from it’s pages, but in between there was hope, love, and lots of kindness.

    I wrote a full review in Dutch on my website:

  3. 5 out of 5


    Once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop until I finished. What an incredible novel! Somehow you took me right into the hearts of these people’s lives, and let me experience their joy, their fears, their sorrows, their hope. That moment with Alice on the bridge was absolutely heart stopping. I had to put the book down for a few minutes to just cry in relief. An amazing novel that I will reread and think about for a long time. Thank you, and best of luck with your writing.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Brilliant! I laughed, I cried, and I was so so reminded of my early years of teaching and how my eyes were opened to another way of life. What a story of resilience! Congratulations to David

  5. 4 out of 5


    Set on “the rez” in Manitoba, Alice’s life is filled with 3 beautiful daughters and their paper airplanes, dressing up like princesses, tea parties. Alice in a tire swing hanging from an old tree, watches them play, loves the freedom of the outdoors. Gideon, a stalwart friend that the girls call “Uncle”, shares their fun times and their despair, and stands in place of their imprisoned father.

    After the senseless death of Alice’s youngest daughter, Grace, and the passing of Gideon’s grandfather, the only father he has ever known, Alice and Gideon drift, looking for answers and a way to continue on living.

    A novel filled with fear and comfort and hurt and otherworldly spirits who enter their lives when most needed. A story of redemption and hope and the joy of choosing what’s really important.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Move over Thomas King. Actually I read The Back of the Turtle immediately following The Evolution of Alice and enjoyed them equally. Both novels used several view point characters. In the case of Robertson’s story, the many views lend an objectivity while at the same time, through Gideon, my favourite character, an emotionality. The reader gets a glimpse at a strong alternative family living on the reserve–a single mom, three daughters, and a close friend looking for more connection. It looks like a cosy life despite an abusive partner, the father, serving a sentence in prison.

    Then tragedy occurs. As a writer of many books myself, I will say to the critical reviewer that we create the worst possible problems for our characters–that is what we do. But I do not feel any aspect of this pivotal shift is gratuitous. Alice wants to think there is a guardian angel for her children and the various details Robertson uses forces her to reconsider her beliefs. Robertson is clearly a writer to watch for.

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