The Orenda by Joseph Boyden is going to be the next book in my CanLit Project. I’ve been excited to read this book since it first came out, so when I picked it up at the library a few day ago I knew it was going to be my B book.
A couple of years ago I read Three Day Road and loved it. It was horribly sad, but so so good. Still unread on my shelf sits Through Black Spruce. I have found that the ones that I already own are usually the last to be read. The ones from the library always seem to come first. Both The Orenda and Through Black Spruce are in this year’s Canada Reads Top 40. And The Orenda is now in the Top 5.
A bit about Joseph Boyden and his books:
*Boyden grew up in Willowdale, North York, Ontario.
*Boyden is of Irish, Scottish, and Anishinaabe heritage and much of his writing is about First Nations heritage and culture.
*Boyden currently divides his time between Louisiana and Northern Ontario.
*Three Day Road won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was nominated for the 2005 Governor General’s Awards.
*Through Black Spruce won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
*The Orenda was long-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize and short-listed for the 2013 Governor General’s Awards.
Confession: I am almost done reading this book already. I’m a little behind in my posts. But take that as a sign that I’m having a hard time putting this book down. That’s all I’m going to say.
You can read my review of The Orenda here.