Crow Winter: A Novel by Karen McbrideCrow Winter: A Novel by Karen Mcbride

Crow Winter: A Novel

byKaren Mcbride

Paperback | September 17, 2019

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Nanabush. A name that has a certain weight on the tongue—a taste. Like lit sage in a windowless room or aluminum foil on a metal filling.

Trickster. Storyteller. Shape-shifter. An ancient troublemaker with the power to do great things, only he doesn’t want to put in the work.

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he’s here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad’s been dead for almost two years and she hasn’t quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod?

Soon Hazel learns that there’s more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that’s been lying unsullied for over a century on her father’s property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

Title:Crow Winter: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:September 17, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443459674

ISBN - 13:9781443459679


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep, Real, Cultural, and Incredible **I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review.** Incredibly written, so wonderfully deep in culture and history. Seriously recommend. I am still in awe and reeling at the beauty of this novel. I cannot believe that this is a debut from Karen McBride, as you would believe that she had been writing novels for years. I constantly found myself writing down the wonderful quotes from this book, the deep and meaningful insights into life, love, and loss that are central to this story. McBride navigates the difficult topics surrounding life on the reserve, the complicated past between the Aboriginal people and the white people in the next town, and the intricacy of grief and mourning when someone integral has passed away. I thought that the addition of Nanabush and the Spiritual Guides was so important to the story, bringing the cultural and spiritual teachings to the forefront. And the family dynamics portrayed in this book were fantastic and realistic. From a mother and daughter who have lived separate from each other for a bit and do not have an emotional relationship, to the sibling relationship that I laughed at how realistic their conversations seemed. I just have to share this one line that made me absolutely laugh out loud and read it to family members. It is from Nanabush about the other crows around him: "They're so irritating now that they've forgotten how to speak. Their groups used to be called 'murders' because they were smart and cunning, but now I think that title is better suited to the urge you get when they won't shut up." BRILLIANT! A completely accurate sentiment. Immediately finishing this novel, I made my mother read it - she also loved it and plans to use it as her next book club read with all of her friends. Highly recommend this wonderful read.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved. 10/10 Crow Winter is one of those books you just can't put down. It's beautifully written and truly captures the essence of grief but at the same time provides humour and love as well. I have family members who aren't big readers but finished the book in 3 days. Excellent. Can't wait for more work from Karen McBride
Date published: 2019-09-17

Editorial Reviews

“Full of spirit, love, mystery and good medicine, Crow Winter tells the story of Hazel and one very tricky little crow. Karen McBride’s debut novel ambitiously and successfully balances all these things creating a world and story that will stay with you after you have turned that last page.”