The Orenda

Hardcover $26.95

Knopf | May 13, 2014 | 448 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780385350730

  • Paperback$15.95

    Vintage | Feb 03, 2015 | 448 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780345806451

  • Hardcover$26.95

    Knopf | May 13, 2014 | 448 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780385350730

  • Ebook$11.99

    Vintage | May 13, 2014 | 448 Pages | ISBN 9780385350747

Awards

Scotiabank Giller Prize NOMINEE 2013

Praise

“An extraordinary work that sets the traditional cowboy and Indian story on its head. One of those rare books that manages to be both a work of art and a page-turner, The Orenda is destined to be a classic.”
     —Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Son

“Magnificent. . . . An extraordinary work of art, savage and beautiful.” —The Washington Post
 
“A rare reading experience that stayed with me even when away from the book and long after I finished reading it. . . . Boyden’s prose has a gorgeous simplicity in service of this transcendent tale.” —David Takami, The Seattle Times

“Riveting. . . . Powerful.” —The Economist

“Mesmerizing. . . . A noteworthy literary achievement.” –Booklist, Top 10 Historical Fiction Books of the Year

“The genuine article: a truly necessary book. The Orenda sheds new light on the dark crime at the heart of all North American history, but more important than that, it renders the ostensible victims of that crime, the Indians, as complex, fully realized human beings.” —The Millions

“Thoroughly beautiful, brilliantly imagined. . . . A few paragraphs into The Orenda I was so thoroughly absorbed in Joseph Boyden’s re-creation of the moment of first contact between Old World and New that I was digging my nails into my palms.” —Jay McInerney

“Satisfies both the heart and the intellect. . . . Highly cinematic. . . . [The Orenda] recall[s] Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, another novel about European missionaries disrupting the fabric of a traditional society.” —The Rumpus

 “Boyden is such a fine writer, evoking his characters’ emotions in a touching and understandable way. . . . [His] portrait of the Huron is textured with fascinating details.” —The Toronto Star

“A magnificent literary beast. . . . [A] blockbuster.” —Quill & Quire

“Epic. . . . Even-handed and morally complex, melodramatic and keenly felt, it is historical fiction at its best.” —The Daily Telegraph (London)

“A heart song that spans the continent, and echoes to us across the years. At times devastating and difficult, Joseph Boyden’s novel is equally compassionate and inspiring.” —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Profoundly researched and told in elegant, muscular prose. . . . A great, heartbreaking novel, full of fierce action and superb characters and an unblinking humanity.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“[A] stunning historical epic. . . . The Orenda is much more than a timely novel. It is a timeless one; born a classic. . . . Powerful and convincing.” —National Post (Canada)

“A sublime, haunting, and harrowing achievement—a work of fiction, of art, of myth-making at its very finest.” —Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

“A stunning, masterful work of staggering depth. . . it is like nothing you have ever read, and read it you must. . . . The Orenda is a feat, an achievement [that] is impossible to read without coming away profoundly shaken, possibly changed.” —The Vancouver Sun

“As gripping as anything I have ever read. . . . Years from now, The Orenda will be called a classic, but for now Joseph Boyden will have to settle for visionary, majestic, awe-inspiring.” —Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, The Wilding, and Refresh, Refresh

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