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The Orenda

(2013)
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History reveals itself when, in the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts - the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing, and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur.

Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain's Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed on to their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron's greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois.

The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: A dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed.

The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly 400 years old, it is also timeless and eternal.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Orenda: A novel
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 0-385-35073-2 / 978-0-385-35073-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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November 2013 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 1-78074-435-8 / 978-1-78074-435-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 0-670-06418-1 / 978-0-670-06418-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 0-345-80645-X / 978-0-345-80645-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 1-78074-440-4 / 978-1-78074-440-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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February 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
ISBN: 0-14-317416-9 / 978-0-14-317416-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Orenda: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Orenda: A novel
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Orenda
Author(s): Joseph Boyden
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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