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Moon of the Crusted Snow

A Novel
Written by: Waubgeshig Rice
Narrated by: Billy Merasty
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

©2018 Waubgeshig Rice (P)2018 ECW Press

What the critics say

“Perfect for those who read Iain Reid’s Foe this summer and are looking for something in the same vein.” (The Globe and Mail)

“The creeping tension and vividly drawn landscapes make Waubgeshig Rice’s characters’ choices all the more real.” (Toronto Star

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)

Go Behind the Scenes of Moon of the Crusted Snow

''What I hope people take away from Moon of the Crusted Snow is that there is hope,'' author Waubgeshig Rice shared with Audible in a conversation held at the 2019 Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton, Ontario. ''Despite all the darkness that we endure even in modern society, there are things to be hopeful for.''
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Gripping, realistic story

I loved this story. It's a tale of a community moving forward after modern influence and support fades from their lives. It's a simple, gritty novel, not too dramatic or far fetched.

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Incredible

This book was enchanting. From the small events of daily life to large community concerns the Indigenous way of being was demonstrated. Concepts of community are made clear and values reinforced. It reflects the strength of First Nations communities and the humanity in their traditions of living on and with the land.
The narrator's voice was perfect.
Highly recommended.

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Reflection of history

This is a layered dystopian story of indigenous life. The author weaves the traditional ways of living in an isolated community in Northern Ontario with an event and arrival of someone who would disrupt that way of life forever. It is the story of Canada in a concise, nicely written and narrated story. Very well done.

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Great Apocalyptic Story!

I loved the interweaving of apocalypse and traditional Anishenaabe storytelling in this book. It was well narrated and well written.

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Hoping for a sequel

I really enjoyed this novel. It is an interesting peek into a community very different from my own, and yet similar in many ways as well. I appreciated the epilogue, but I still want more and hope for a sequel in future.

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Great story!!

Beautiful,mesmerizing novel. Really enjoyed reading !!Wish many more books like this. It is shame how little we know about our First Nation people. Hope Mr Rice. will continue his fantastic story telling!!

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Couldn’t stop listening...

It is hard to write to review for a book that one simply enjoys so much. I was immersed in the community and kept asking myself what I would have done. The perseverance and resilience of the Whitesky family was evident. It was chilling yet the readers tone was calm and pleasant.

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Great

This book was a slow burn, and I really enjoyed the conflict and story.
the Anishinaabemowin was a great touch too!

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Really great book!!!

I heard about this book while listening to CBC. Radio, and wanted to read it as soon as I noticed it was on Audible. I don’t read a lot of post-apocalypse books but I knew I wanted to read this one because it was about Northern Ontario where I used to live. The narrator is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope that many others will want to read it and learn more about the Anishinaabe people, and what it is like to live in North Western Ontario Canada.

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