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Empire of Wild

Cherie Dimaline

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Indigenous peoples

A kinetic, imaginative, and sensuous gothic novel inspired by traditional Canadian Metis legends.

'Deftly written and gripping: a rip-roaring read!' Margaret Atwood
'Tough, funny, beautiful, honest and propulsive' Tommy Orange
'Haunting and resonant' New York Times
'Close, tight, stark, beautiful... Both current and timeless' NPR

Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her missing husband, Victor, for almost a year - ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument.
One hung-over morning she is drawn to a revival tent in a nearby town - and there is Victor. Only he insists he is not Victor, but the Reverend Eugene Wolff, on a mission to bring his people to Jesus.
With only two allies - her Johnny-Cash-loving, 12-year-old nephew Zeus, and Ajean, a foul-mouthed euchre shark with deep knowledge of the old Metis ways - Joan sets out to remind the Reverend Wolff of who he really is. If he really is Victor, his life and the life of everyone she loves, depends upon her success.
Inspired by traditional Metis legends, Cherie Dimaline has created a propulsive, stunning and sensuous novel.

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Praise for Empire of Wild

  • A blend of close-knit emotional bonds and ambiguous menace... Dimaline's novel is able to take the plot to some unexpectedly phantasmagorical places without losing sight of its emotional core... Dimaline here turns an old story into something newly haunting and resonant. - New York Times Review of Books

  • Empire of Wild is a small book. But it is not a slight book. It is close, tight, stark, beautiful - rich where richness is warranted, but spare where want and sorrow have sharpened every word. - NPR

  • Revelatory... Gritty and engaging, this story of a woman and her missing husband is one of candor, wit and tradition." - Ms. Magazine

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