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Publisher Description

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Fiction & Literature
October 2
ECW Press
ECW Press Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Shelley Lee ,


Rice has mastered suspense. The tension increases with every word until the gruesome end. It is interesting readers never find out what happened in the South but the point is that it doesn’t matter. To these characters that is not their world. My only criticism is the character of Scott is stereotypical and flat. His only purpose is to provide conflict but this could have been a story of survival and been more realistic for it.

Slinky Dog Dash ,


As a First Nation person I felt this was a very sad story and I felt it was hard to breathe throughout while reading it (like I was suffocating). I was expecting more based on other reviews I’ve seen on Twitter. There is a spelling mistake I believe on page 445. Evan is misspelled. Perhaps I didn’t understand the ending either. I don’t know if Evan survived.

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