May 2014 Indie Next List
“Wrenching and redemptive, The Orenda offers a narrative scope so wide it seems to encompass centuries and generations, despite taking place over only a few short years. Though Boyden's novel closely follows a strange trinity of the displaced and the mournful -- a powerful Wendat warrior scarred by the loss of his family, an ungainly but earnest Jesuit missionary, and the troubled, gifted Iroquois girl who equally unites and stands apart from them -- he writes of timeless and universal cycles of loss and regeneration and loss again. This is a staggeringly beautiful work.”
— Sam Kaas, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
WINNER OF THE LIBRIS AWARD FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
In the wilds of seventeenth-century North America, the lives of a Jesuit missionary, a young Iroquois girl, and a great warrior and elder statesman of the Huron Nation become entwined.
The Huron have battled the Iroquois for generations, but now both tribes face a new, more dangerous threat from another land. Uneasy alliances are made and unmade, cultures and beliefs clash in the face of precipitous change, and not everyone will survive the march of history. Joseph Boyden's magisterial novel tells this story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love: a saga nearly four hundred years old and now a timeless work of literature.
About the Author
Canadien aux racines indiennes, ecossaises et irlandaises, Joseph Boyden a cree l evenement dans les pays anglo-saxons avec son premier roman, "Le Chemin des ames". Salue aussi par une presse unanime pour "Les Saisons de la solitude", il a ete traduit dans une quinzaine de pays et est en cours d adaptation au cinema.