Empire of Wild

Empire of Wild

Book - 2019
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INDIGO'S #1 BEST BOOK OF 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MARROW THIEVES, THE #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER, MULTI-AWARD WINNER AND CANADA READS FINALIST

"Wildly entertaining and profound and essential." --Tommy Orange, The New York Times

Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year--ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument. One hung-over morning in a Walmart parking lot in a little town near Georgian Bay, she is drawn to a revival tent where the local Métis have been flocking to hear a charismatic preacher. By the time she staggers into the tent the service is over, but as she is about to leave, she hears an unmistakable voice.

She turns, 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. And he doesn't seem to be faking: there isn't even a flicker of recognition in his eyes.

With only two allies--her odd, Johnny-Cash-loving, 12-year-old nephew Zeus, and Ajean, a foul-mouthed euchre shark with deep knowledge of the old 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 the traditional Métis story of the Rogarou--a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of Métis communities--Cherie Dimaline has created a propulsive, stunning and sensuous novel.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House of Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735277182
0735277184
Characteristics: 300 pages

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Oct 08, 2019

I read " The Marrow Thieves" a YA story by Dimaline and thought it was OK . "Empire" on the other hand was an engrossing page turner with a flawed, gutsy, obsessive Metis main character "Joan" who was fully realized and likeable. With her 12 year old side kick Zeus she rescues her husband Victor from an unscrupulous developer who uses a gospel Christian revival group to soften up indigenous people so their land and resources can be developed. Has been liberally sprinkled with magic realism . The Rogarou was deeply disturbing.

debwalker Sep 21, 2019

Georgian Bay. When your missing husband claims to be someone else.

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