Dimaline, C: Empire of Wild
A #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
One of the most anticipated books of the summer for Time, Harper's Bazaar, Bustle and Publishers Weekly
'Deftly written, gripping and informative. Empire of Wild is a rip-roaring read!'
'Empire of Wild is doing everything I love in a contemporary novel and more. It is tough, funny, beautiful, honest and propulsive'
Tommy Orange, author of There There
'Dimaline turns an old story into something newly haunting and resonant'
New York Times
'Close, tight, stark, beautiful - rich where richness is warranted, but spare where want and sorrow have sharpened every word. Dimaline has crafted something both current and timeless'
'Revelatory... Gritty and engaging, this story of a woman and her missing husband is one of candor, wit and tradition'
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.
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 Métis 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 Métis legends, Cherie Dimaline has created a propulsive, stunning and sensuous novel.
Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her 2017 book,THE MARROW THIEVES, won the Governor General's Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers and was named a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail and the CBC, and continues to be a national bestseller 2 years later.
Her new novel EMPIRE OF WILD became an instant bestseller and was named Indigo's #1 Best Book of 2019.