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A number one international best seller.

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.

©2020 Cherie Dimaline (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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"Deftly written, gripping and informative. Empire of Wild is a rip-roaring read!" (Margaret Atwood)

"Empire of Wild is doing everything I love in a contemporary novel and more. It is tough, funny, beautiful, honest and propulsive - all the while telling a story that needs to be told by a person who needs to be telling it." (Tommy Orange, author of There There

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  • Diane Severson
  • 02-03-22

Deep dive into culture

I loved this book. Just when I thought I knew where it was going it would veer off and surprise me. I love the mix of cultural influences, although I’m not sure I loved the slightly cliched German as evil bad guy. But mostly is is a very loving view into the lives of First Nations peoples in Canada. Unflinching yet tender.

The narrator, Michelle St. John, was a little stilted in the opening chapters falling into William Shatner-esque pauses in odd places. But she found her stride soon enough and evoked the accent of the characters very well.

There’s the slightest hint at unfinished business at the end that could lead to a sequel. I’m there in a heartbeat, if it happens.

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