Night Wanderer, The: A Native Gothic Novel: A Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor

Night Wanderer, The: A Native Gothic Novel: A Native Gothic Novel

byDrew Hayden Taylor

Kobo ebook | August 17, 2007

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Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reservation. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she’s deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself, but he’s also a little creepy. Little do Tiffany, her father, or even her astute Granny Ruth suspect the truth. The mysterious Pierre L’Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe. But Tiffany has other things on her mind: her new boyfriend is acting weird, disputes with her father are escalating, and her estranged mother is starting a new life with somebody else. Fed up and heartsick, Tiffany threatens drastic measures and flees into the bush. There, in the midnight woods, a chilling encounter with L’Errant changes everything ... for both of them. A mesmerizing blend of Gothic thriller and modern coming-of-age novel, THE NIGHT WANDERER is unlike any other vampire story.
Title:Night Wanderer, The: A Native Gothic Novel: A Native Gothic NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 17, 2007Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554513200

ISBN - 13:9781554513208

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps me coming back for more Pierre L'Errant is a secretive man. He is travelling to the Otter Lake Reserve, but his is exhibiting mysterious behaviour such as hiding in the airport all day and only leaving the buildings when it is night time. On the Reserve, sixteen year old Tiffany Hunter has been told by her father that she must move all her belongings to the room in the basement; no explanation is given to her. Being a teenager is tough enough when your mother runs off with another man and you are a visible minority in your school. Now her father doesn't appear to want her in his daily life. This book has all the earmarks of a Modern Gothic novel: mystery and horror. Next, add in a little romance and the angst that accompanies all teenage affairs of the heart and the stage is almost set. We also learn, that the swamp at the north end of the reserve is believed to be populated by unseen monsters and demons. Thank goodness I wasn't sitting home alone while reading this. I can't tell you any more about the story as I'm sure I would spoil the suspense and mystery. We do spend a lot of time with Tiffany and learn of her troubles of coming of age while living first, in a broken family and then by being the outsider at school and in her boyfriend's group of friends. She also is dealing with the heritage of the Hunter Clan. Her grandmother speaks to her in the language of the Anishinabe, of which she is the last fully fluent speaker on the Otter Lake Reserve. Tiffany hardly understands a word, but her grandmother continues to do this. How is it that Pierre understands her? This novel is clearly written for a young adult audience. It is just creepy enough to keep their attention, but not too scary to cause nightmares. Much of the focus is on Tiffany and her boyfriend, with that story running parallel to that of why Pierre is visiting the reserve. I continue to enjoy the writing of Drew Hayden Taylor and look forward to another of his works.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Take on Vampire Teen Novels I didn't know what to expect when I was told about this book. I had read Taylor's commentaries and I liked the humour he injected in his writings; but I was leery, since it was possible it wouldn't translate to this genre. I was pleasantly surprised and I was relieved to read a book that did away with so many stereotypes on so many different levels. The two main characters problems are foils of each others and in the end, they aren't neatly resolved, but we are given enough reason to believe that the main female protagonist will think and act more wisely in the future, while the vampire has reached peace within himself from hard experience. This is a very good book for anyone, not just teens to read since it gives a very clever and subtle commentary on life. A very good book and good find.
Date published: 2008-04-04