Set along the Pacific Northwest Coast in the 1950s, Ravensong tells the story of an urban Native community devastated by an influenza epidemic. Stacey, a 17-year-old Native girl, struggles with the clash between white society’s values and her family’s traditional ways, knowing that her future lies somewhere in between. Celia, her sister, has visions from the past, while Raven warns of an impending catastrophe before there is any reconciliation between the two cultures. In this passionate story about a young woman’s quest for answers, author Lee Maracle speaks unflinchingly of the gulf between two cultures: a gulf that Raven says must be bridged. Ravensong is a moving drama that includes elements of prophecy, mythology, cultural critique, and even humour.
Cover art by Columpa C. Bobb
Lee Maracle, a member of the Stó:lo nation, is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated authors. In addition to receiving the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014), the Anne Green Award (2016), and the Bonham Centre Award (2017), Maracle is an instructor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto and the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2009) for her work encouraging writing among Indigenous youth. An exceptional author and teacher, Maracle’s diverse body of work includes poetry, short stories, collaborative anthologies, and novels, including the best-selling novel Celia’s Song (2014), which was longlisted for Canada Reads.
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