Empire of Wild

Empire of Wild

A Novel

Book - 2020
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A story inspired by the Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou finds a woman reconnecting with her heritage when her missing husband reappears in the form of a charismatic preacher who does not recognize her.
Joan has been searching for her missing husband, Victor, for nearly a year-- ever since that terrible night they'd had their first serious argument. Still grieving and severely hungover, Joan hears Victor's unmistakable voice coming from inside a revival tent in a gritty Walmart parking lot. He has the same face, the same eyes, the same hands. He doesn't recognize Joan, insists his name is Eugene Wolff, and that he is a reverend whose mission is to spread the word of Jesus and grow His flock. Joan turns to Ajean, an elderly foul-mouthed card shark who is one of the few among Métis community steeped in the traditions of the Métis people and knowledgeable about their ancient enemies. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2020]
©2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062975942
0062975943
Branch Call Number: F Dimaline
Characteristics: 300 pages ;,21 cm

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JCLEmmaF Jun 22, 2020

Deeply thoughtful. Slightly horrific fable-like book about an indigenous woman searching for her missing husband with her 12 year old nephew sidekick... and finding him as a Christian-like preacher, essentially an unknowing pawn to soften indigenous communities for mining. Tough, beautiful, thought provoking book about not only indigenous myth, but also religious hypocrisy, strong and sensuous femininity, and community.

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creativegirly123
Mar 25, 2020

Empire of Wild starts with history, the history of the Métis town of Arcand, and the history of a thing living on the land, a thing that the people should fear as it is there, amongst them, always, already at the hunt. In this community, this thing is called Rogarou. I’m not gonna say anymore as I don’t wanna spoil it, however, EVERYONE MUST READ IT!!!! I ABSOLUTELY MEAN IT!!!! One book that is pretty similar to this one is The Burning Stone by Jack Whyte. It is so easy to follow through and is great to learn more about the Métis culture! I had a great time learning about it!

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ChristineRondeau
Feb 23, 2020

I read baldma’s comment below and my thoughts are exactly the opposite. I read the marrow thieves and absolutely loved it. It was engrossing and extremely moving. I was a bit bored with empire of the wild and was glad when it finished. Having said that Cherie is a fantastic rider and well worth the read. Her books would be great for a book club. They require discussion and reflections.

debwalker Sep 21, 2019

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

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