I Can’t Wait For…VenCo by Cheri Dimaline

Posted 28th September 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For Book is VenCo by Cheri Dimaline!

VenCo by Cherie Dimaline
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary or Urban Fantasy
Representation: Métis MC
Published on: 7th February 2023

An incredibly inventive, highly anticipated second adult novel—with witches, magic, and a road trip through America—from Cherie Dimaline, the critically acclaimed author of Empire of Wild.

Métis millennial Lucky St. James is barely hanging on when she learns she’ll be evicted from the tiny Toronto apartment she shares with her cantankerous but loving grandmother Stella. But then one night, something strange and irresistible calls out to Lucky. She burrows through a wall to find a tarnished silver spoon, humming with otherworldly energy, etched with a crooked-nosed witch and the word SALEM.

Lucky is familiar with the magic of her indigenous ancestors, but she has no idea that the spoon connects her to a teeming network of witches across North America who have anxiously awaited her discovery.

Enter VenCo, a front company fueled by vast resources of dark money (its name is an anagram of “coven.”) VenCo’s witches hide in plain sight wherever women gather: Tupperware parties, Mommy & Me classes, suburban book clubs. Since colonial times, they have awaited the moment the seven spoons will come together and ignite a new era, returning women to their rightful power.

But as reckoning approaches, a very powerful adversary is stalking their every move. He’s Jay Christos, a roguish and deadly witch-hunter as old as witchcraft itself.

To find the last spoon, Lucky and Stella embark on a rollicking and dangerous road trip to the darkly magical city of New Orleans, where the final showdown will determine whether VenCo will usher in a new beginning…or remain underground forever.

A wildly imaginative and compulsively readable fantasia of adventure, history, Americana, feminism, and magic, VenCo is a novel only the supremely gifted Cherie Dimaline could write.

Cherie Dimaline has been on my radar for a while – I have a copy of Empire of Wild waiting to be read, and I’m pretty sure I have Marrow Thieves around here somewhere too – so my ears perked up when I heard she’d written a new book.

And it sounds so fabulous and weird! SPOONS! I love it!!! Plus, it sounds like we might get to see or hear about Métis traditions as well as Salem-esque witchcraft? Which would be incredibly cool, to see those contrasted or combined or working together!

Usually I’d be concerned about this whole ‘new age of women’ thing – worried that the story might ignore gender being a spectrum – but I’m pretty hopeful that VenCo will be inclusive. Dimaline is Métis herself, and I know at least some Métis communities recognise nonbinary genders, so my fingers are crossed.

I’m very curious about whether the eponymous, in-book VenCo will be inclusive, though, or whether they might even turn out to be some kind of villain. Who ever heard of a wholly good corporation? And that mention of ‘since colonial times’ in the blurb… Makes them sound likely to be a White WomenTM thing to me. Not necessarily aligned with Indigenous interests. I’m suspicious!

Obviously I’ve already preordered my copy – any book that has me obsessing like this, analysing individual lines of the blurb, is one I’m going to have to read! I can’t stop thinking about it, and that’s usually an excellent sign. (Plus, kudos to whoever wrote the description!)

What do you think – are you going to be waiting for it too?


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