The 10 books you need to read this spring: The Orenda


The Orenda, Joseph Boyden's masterful third novel, recently won the 2014 edition of Canada Reads. And it just came out in paperback, making spring the perfect time to pick up this epic story. Set 400 years ago, in what is now the Canadian wilderness, The Orenda is a complex and compelling story that is sure to grip readers for years to come.

Joseph Boyden discusses how he wrote The Orenda on The National:

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An excerpt from The Orenda:

"We had the magic, the orenda, before the crows came. We'd never questioned this before their claws first grasped our branches and their beaks first pecked our earth.

Most of us will admit we were taken aback by how quickly the crows adapted. When you fall asleep laughing in the evening, its difficult to awake crying in the sun. But this isn't about sadness, or pity, or blame. We are all party to our own wants as well as to our own shortcomings."

Excerpted from The Orenda by Joseph Boyden. Copyright © 2013 by Joseph Boyden. Excerpted by permission of Hamish Hamilton Canada. All rights reserved.

The CBC Books Spring 2014 reading list: