Bone Black

By Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Bone Black
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There are too many stories about Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, and it doesn’t seem as though official sources such as government, police or the courts respond in a way that works toward finding justice or even solutions. At least that is the way Wren StrongEagle ... Read more


Overview

There are too many stories about Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered, and it doesn’t seem as though official sources such as government, police or the courts respond in a way that works toward finding justice or even solutions. At least that is the way Wren StrongEagle sees it.

Wren is devastated when her twin sister, Raven, mysteriously disappears after the two spend an evening visiting at a local pub. When Wren files a missing persons report with the local police, she is dismissed and becomes convinced the case will not be properly investigated. As she follows media reports, Wren realizes that the same heartbreak she’s feeling is the same for too many families, indeed for whole Nations. Something within Wren snaps and she decides to take justice into her own hands. She soon disappears into a darkness, struggling to come to terms with the type of justice she delivers. Throughout her choices, and every step along the way, Wren feels as though she is being guided. But, by what?

Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Cree/Dene writer and artist, Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate in 2021. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation entitled Peau D'ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her first book of poetry, Hiraeth was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. Her latest novel, The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik) was published in 2020 and won the 2021 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards). Carol's poetry collection, Essential Ingredients was released in 2021. Carol lives in Regina Beach.

Awards

  • Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award 2020, Short-listed
  • Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award 2020, Short-listed

Reviews

“When it comes to stories about missing and murdered Indigenous women, Wren StrongEagle is the character we want to enact justice… With vivid prose and an intense page-turning plot,  Bone Black examines police indifference, systemic racism, and the power of prayer and spiritual guidance, and reminds us that the crisis in Canada of missing and murdered Indigenous women continues to need our attention. ”

 

“When it comes to stories about missing and murdered Indigenous women, Wren StrongEagle is the character we want to enact justice… With vivid prose and an intense page-turning plot,  Bone Black examines police indifference, systemic racism, and the power of prayer and spiritual guidance, and reminds us that the crisis in Canada of missing and murdered Indigenous women continues to need our attention. ”

 

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