Moon of the Crusted Snow (Paperback)

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This post-apocalyptic tale is set in a small, Anishinaabe town in winter. Without warning the phones stop working, then the TV. Fuel for the generator is limited. Food becomes a problem. Into this struggling community, an "unexpected visitor" arrives and things get complicated in historically familiar and harrowing ways. It's too late for you to read this while snowed in like I did, but if you like mysteries and you appreciate layers of meaning, this allegorical winter's tale is an excellent read. Waubgeshig Rice is originally from Wasauksing First Nation and this is his second novel.

— From Dana


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