The trailer for the bold new novel Bring Me One of Everything, dramatically sets up the elements of the story which are explored throughout the book. It is a mystery story, with the revelation of soul and character at its centre.
The people in Bring Me One of Everything are collectors: of objects, memories, lost loves. The things they keep, also keep them. Austin Hart is, as well, a consummate collector of sacred artifacts.
As a brilliant young anthropologist, Hart leads a 1957 expedition to the remote Queen Charlotte Islands in Canadian's north. The abandoned island of Ninstints has the largest remaining stand of carved totem poles in the world, many of them supporting grave boxes. With his crew, Hart cuts them down. They are crated and removed by naval vessel to be housed in museums. His reputation soars. Seven years after the expedition, at his office amidst the salvaged totems, Hart puts the barrel of a rifle in his mouth and pulls the trigger: no note, no explanation.
Alix Purcell begins a precipitous journey trying to solve the mystery of Hart's death. She is given access to Hart's secret diaries, and she goes where he has gone, participating in the powerful shamanic rituals now closed to non-natives, and, ultimately, discovering the stone masks which had so absorbed and bedeviled Hart. The masks are twins: one sighted and one is blind; they've been separated for generations.
As her intimacy with Hart grows, she is increasingly lured towards the same fate as he. All the while she tends to her dying mother, as their broken relationship slowly and painfully heals.