Moon of the Crusted Snow (Paperback)

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Winter is an unforgiving season, and the Anishinaabe people know this better than most.  Evan Whitesky has been stocking up on fish and game to prepare his family for the long winter ahead.  Little does he realize just how brutal this cold season will be.  For generations, his people have striven to preserve their way of life even after being displaced from their ancestral home, and they have managed to find balance on their northern reservation.  When the phones and radio go out, it’s not too surprising, and when the electricity goes next the elders remind them that they lived with out electricity for most of their lives.  It’s only when two young tribe members arrive on snowmobiles after fleeing the southern cities, that the enormity of the crisis is truly understood.  Civilization has ended, and Evan and his people must relearn the wisdom of their elders if they have any hope of survival.  Moon of the Crusted Snow is a fascinating look at the end of modern society from the vantage point of people who were never fully welcomed by modern society.  Best read by a roaring fire.

— From Matt


A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

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 Nation's Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Waubgeshig now splits his time between Sudbury and Wasauksing.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781770414006
ISBN-10: 1770414002
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English

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