Joseph Boyden's next novel, The Orenda, to be published September 2013
Very exciting news to share this morning - I am already working to plan a local reading with Joseph Boyden in Parry Sound for the fall of 2013 - watch our website for news in the New Year. Joseph Boyden, and local readers, at the Charles W. Stockey Centre, April 2005, for the launch of Three Day Road
For immediate release: HAMISH HAMILTON TO PUBLISH SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE-WINNER JOSEPH BOYDEN’S NEW NOVEL IN FALL 2013 Toronto, September 27, 2012— Hamish Hamilton will publish Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Joseph Boyden’s new novel The Orenda in September 2013. Set in the fledgling New World of the mid-1600s, the place the original people call Turtle Island, The Orenda is a literary masterpiece steeped in the natural beauty and blood-soaked brutality of our country’s formative years.
“History is often portrayed in fiction in soft-light and sepia-tones,” says Boyden’s long-time editor Nicole Winstanley, President and Publisher of Penguin and Hamish Hamilton. “With The Orenda, Joseph brings a vivid immediacy to the violent collision of social, political and spiritual forces that forged the beginnings of our country.”
“The orenda, the Huron believe, is the life force, the soul, the spirit that resides in us,” Boyden says of the power at the heart of his novel. “But the orenda doesn’t just pulse in humans, it pulses in all of the animals and all of the forest and all of the waters. The Huron know to treat the orenda with care, for it can birth a nation but just as quickly destroy it.”
The Orenda opens with the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a child with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation's great soldiers and statesmen. In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes his own lost daughter, both revitalizing and worrying him deeply. He’s also troubled by the presence of Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary who's found his calling amongst Bird’s people and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ. The Orenda is a visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, as small battles fuel bigger wars and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.