An Ordinary Violence
by Adriana Chartrand
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 13 Nov 2023
House of Anansi Press Inc., Spiderline
Terrible things happen side by side with the ordinary.
Dawn hasn't spoken to her brother, Cody, since he was sent to prison for a violent crime seven years ago. But when Dawn's seemingly perfect life in the big city implodes, she is forced to return to her childhood home and the prairie city that still holds so much pain for her and her fractured family. Cody is released from prison with a mysterious new friend by his side, and Dawn must follow increasingly sinister leads to uncover their nefarious plans to access a dangerous supernatural network. As the lines between right and wrong blur and dissolve, Dawn recons with trauma and violence, loss and reclamation in an unsettling world where spirit realms entwine with the living—and where it is humans who carry out the truly monstrous acts.
A Note From the Publisher
ADRIANA CHARTRAND is a mixed-race Native woman, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her father is Red River Métis (Michif), born and raised in the Métis community of St. Laurent, and her mother is a mixed white settler from Manitoba. Adriana has two degrees in film studies and has previously worked in the social work field. She lives in Toronto and works in the film industry.
"Well written, creepy, frustrating, and puzzling. There may be violence in this novel, but there’s nothing ordinary about it." - Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Take Us to Your Chief
"What a book! It’s utterly enthralling and unsettling to your bones. A wonderful haunt that creeps into your psyche in the best possible way. I feel like I know Dawn, which only makes the story creepier. A tremendous debut, and I can’t wait to read more." - Jesse Wente, author of Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance
"An Ordinary Violence by Adriana Chartrand is a compelling read that rockets off the page. From the first chapter, I was hooked and gleefully followed Dawn as she moved around the spaces she used to call home to figure out her new reality. The writing is poetic, truthful, and you can tell that Adriana has written a story from her heart. This book will be sure to surprise its readers!" - Francine Cunningham, author of God Isn’t Here Today