Spotlight on “Moon of the Turning Leaves” by Waubgeshig Rice

by LitStack Editor

Twelve years after the lights go out….An epic journey to a forgotten homeland. Moon of the Turning Leaves, The hotly anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel Moon of the Crusted Snow.

Moon of the Turning Leaves and author Waubgeshig Rice

About Moon of the Turning Leaves

In the years since a mysterious cataclysm caused a permanent blackout that toppled infrastructure and thrust the world into anarchy, Evan Whitesky has led his community in remote northern Canada off the rez and into the bush, where they’ve been rekindling their Anishinaabe traditions, isolated from the outside world. As new generations are born, and others come of age in a world after everything, Evan’s people are stronger than ever. But resources around their new settlement are drying up, and elders warn that they cannot stay indefinitely.

Evan and his teenage daughter, Nangohns, are chosen to lead a scouting party on a months-long trip down to their traditional home on the shores of Lake Huron—to seek new beginnings, and discover what kind of life—and what danger—still exists in the lands to the south.

Waubgeshig Rice’s exhilarating return to the world first explored in Moon of the Crusted Snow is a brooding story of survival, resilience, Indigenous identity, and rebirth. 

ISBN-13: 9780735281585
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: 10/10/2023
Source: Publisher


Praise for Moon of the Turning Leaves

“[Moon of the Turning Leaves] is by turns beautiful and inspiring and bleak and violent. In other words, the perfect dystopian read. Let’s hope Waubgeshig Rice doesn’t make us wait too long for the next visit to this captivating world.”—Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor and The Hunger

“An epic journey into the future, powerfully haunting.”—Silvia Moreno-Garcia, bestselling author of Mexican Gothic

“Tense, atmospheric, and ultimately hopeful, Rice masterfully delivers an unsettling, page-turning sequel.”—Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster

“It felt like an eternity waiting for Waubgeshig to write the sequel to Moon of the Crusted Snow and it was worth it. As we as a species ponder our own survival, this talented author walks his courageous characters through an odyssey towards hope. At times heart-racing and at times heart wrenching, Moon of the Turning Leaves allows us all to turn the page and find out what’s next in an uncertain future.”—Catherine Hernandez, award-winning author and screenwriter of Scarborough the novel and film

“If you’ve ever wondered how the Anishinaabe way would fare after the Great Collapse, this is the novel for you. Fans of McCarthy’s The Road and Kirkman’s The Walking Dead will feel right at home here with the intrigue, the dread and the hope. What a magnificent read. Mahsi cho, Waubgeshig Rice. Bravo!”—Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and Loyal to Heaven

“Novels, when brilliantly written, are passports to another place, another world. Moon of the Turning Leaves takes us to a First Nations community beset by an unbelievable fate that’s managed to survive when much of the world hasn’t. Rice has given us a meaningful journey, and people to cheer for. I was in this story.”—Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Motorcycles and Sweetgrass and Cold

“Waubgeshig Rice’s stories are good medicine. Moon of the Turning Leaves is a restorative balm for my spirit.”—Angeline Boulley, New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter and Warrior Girl Unearthed

“Rice quite brilliantly weaves this sequel to Moon of the Crusted snow such that the ongoing journey of those wonderfully drawn characters carries on seamlessly. Moon of the Turning Leaves stands on its own while simultaneously carrying the heart of the original story. Suspenseful and gripping, the great anticipation for this next installment is borne out by this artful storytelling.”—Michelle Good, award-winning author of Five Little Indians and Truth Telling

“Less a sequel than another important volume in the annals of genuine rural storytelling, Moon of the Turning Leaves carries readers on a harrowing and vital journey through a northern landscape that is remaking itself….This is a novel that hums with strength and hope in the face of violence and brutality, and hinges on a simple act of love. These characters will not settle for merely surviving, and they brave the darkest miles for their community to find a home long stolen and waiting for their return.”—Kevin Hardcastle, author of In the Cage


About Waubgeshig Rice, Author of Moon of the Turning Leaves

Moon of the Turning Leaves

Waubgeshig Rice grew up in Wasauksing First Nation on the shores of Georgian Bay, in the southeast of Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. He’s a writer, listener, speaker, language learner, and a martial artist, holding a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is the author of the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, and the novels Legacy and Moon of the Crusted Snow. He appreciates loud music and the four seasons. He lives in N’Swakamok—also known as Sudbury, Ontario—with his wife and three sons.

You can find and follow Waubgeshig Rice on his website, and on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter).

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