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- File Size: 1530 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press; 1 edition (2 October 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DWLKMS5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 71 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"We've been waiting for this story. It irresistibly turns our gaze toward something we already knew, but couldn't quite make ourselves see. The result is intense, thrilling and vivid as the darkest dreams--much like the old Anishinaabeg stories told by the Elders. As one revelation follows another, we come face to face with the mystery and responsibility of being human." -- Warren Cariou, Director, University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
"A warning shot fired for all who read this: what would you do if everything suddenly turned off? How long would you and your family and your community last? Terrifying, riveting, outstanding. This. Could. Happen. Waubgeshig Rice, you just scared the hell out of me with this book. Bravo, Sir! I am in awe of you and I am haunted by the tension you've unleashed here. Stock up: winter and strangers who are starving are on their way. Unforgettable. I loved it." -- Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and Godless but Loyal to Heaven
"Akin to Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves or Cormac McCarthy's The Road, this book speculates a catastrophic, changing world while telling a riveting story that is as potent as anything in modern fiction. Rice gives us fully lived in, authentic characters that demand our attention and empathy. Because of that, there is hope in this long and bleak winter, and a surging power at the heart of this book that cannot be smothered." -- Kevin Hardcastle, author of In the Cage and Debris
"Moon of the Crusted Snow asks how do we live in a good way during the collapse of the infrastructure that supports modern life? For Evan Whitesky, the answer lies in rekindling Ojibwe, the old ways, language and culture. For other characters, when the food runs out, all options are on the table, no matter how gruesome. As the tensions between those surviving the end of modern civilization build to a harrowing conclusion, Rice deftly weaves tender family moments with his brutal survival scenes in the unforgiving northern Ontario winter. Chilling in the best way possible." -- Eden Robinson, award winning author of Monkey Beach and Son of a Trickster
Rice seamlessly injects Anishinaabe language into the dialogue and creates a beautiful rendering of the natural world. . . This title will appeal to fans of literary science fiction akin to Cormac McCarthy as well as to readers looking for a fresh voice in indigenous fiction." -- Booklist--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nations Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Waubgeshig now splits his time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Some like Evan manage to hunt to feed their families and to assure other community members are fed and safe. The first sign of trouble is when TV and cell phone reception fails. Gradually they learn computers and land lines are down, and then electricity goes out. Evan looks at his now useless Cell phone and TV which has been out for two days. He is annoyed as they were purchased at some expense on a trip south. He asks a friend if they think the weather has caused the outage. “Doubt it. Probably just bad receivers. We can never have nice things on the Rez”.
There is an emergency power generator which will not last the winter. With a severe winter with frequent blizzards and deep snow they cannot expect supplies to reach them on scheduled truck runs from the south. The hunters obtain extra food and start to tap into emergency food reserves to distribute to the community.
Two young men return to the community from a city further south. They had left the reservation to study and have made the trip on stolen snowmobiles. They describe how they fled due to chaos, violence and panic in the city. People now realize that their loss of power and communication is not a normal glitch to which they have become accustomed. Something has gone terribly wrong in the outside world.
Soon a fearsome white man follows the boy’s’ snowmobile tracks. He considers himself an expert survivalist and his own methods regardless of the community morals and traditions. Soon several more white people arrive, describing dreadful conditions even further south. They are desperate and hungry.
People are describing this as the Apocalypse. Auntie Aileen is the oldest and wisest person in the community and remembers the old ways before modern inventions and luxuries arrived. To paraphrase, she tells the group that the world hasn’t ended. It ended when the white men came and took our original land from us. They cut down the forests, destroyed fishing and forced us here. Our world ended again when they followed us to take our children to residential schools, forcing them to forget our language and culture. The Apocalypse has happened to us over and over. We have survived and will in the future, even if the power never comes back on and we never see a white man again.
This is a sad story. There have been deaths from illness, disease and suicide. The new arrivals, after they have been allowed to join the community, disrupt the well-organized leadership. They have shocking plans which brings about violence. The story ends with an uncertain future, but with a glimmer of hope.