Book Club Pick for May 23: Empire of Wild, by Cherie Dimaline

For our May 23 episode, we’ll be chatting about Cherie Dimaline’s YA novel Empire of Wild. Be sure to join us; it’s guaranteed to be a lively one!

Be sure to submit a comment or question! Your input could be read on the podcast (anonymously) AND you’ll be entered into our book club draw. You just might win a copy of one of our selected books, and even some lovely jewelry. (Notes on how to participate follow the synopses.) Happy reading!


Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year–ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument. One terrible, hungover morning in a Walmart parking lot in a little town near Georgian Bay, she is drawn to a revival tent where the local Métis have been flocking to hear a charismatic preacher named Eugene Wolff. By the time she staggers into the tent, the service is over. But as she is about to leave, she hears an unmistakable voice.

She turns, and there Victor is. The same face, the same eyes, the same hands. But his hair is short and he’s wearing a suit and he doesn’t recognize her at all. No, he insists, she’s the one suffering a delusion: he’s the Reverend Wolff and his only mission is to bring his people to Jesus. Except that, as Joan soon discovers, that’s not all the enigmatic Wolff is doing.

With only the help of Ajean, a foul-mouthed euchre shark with a knowledge of the old ways, and her odd, Johnny-Cash-loving, 12-year-old nephew Zeus, Joan has to find a way to remind the Reverend Wolff of who he really is. If he really is Victor. Her life, and the life of everyone she loves, depends upon it.

How to Participate:

Step 1: get the book from your local library, bookseller, or seek an audio version online

Step 2: READ or LISTEN

Step 3: Post comments and questions on Twitter @book_women or @IndigenousLSA or directly on the Book Women Podcast website.  We will discuss them during that book’s episode!

Get your comments in BEFORE May 20 to have your take included in the episode (to be published May 23). Plus, you’ll be entered to win some PRIZES!

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