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Cherie Dimaline (CA)



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"VenCo is funny, tense and cracking with a dark, divine energy." —Louise Erdrich, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentence

"An absolute thrill ride of a book, a page-turner of the highest order." —Toronto Star

From the bestselling author of Empire of Wild, a wickedly subversive, deliciously imaginative, deeply feminist novel of contemporary witches on the rise—a book that only the supremely gifted storyteller Cherie Dimaline could write.

Lucky St. James, orphaned daughter of a bad-ass Métis good-times girl, is barely hanging on to her nowhere life when she finds out that she and her grandmother, Stella, are about to be evicted from their apartment. One night, dejectedly doing laundry in the building's dank basement, Lucky feels an irresistible something calling her. Crawling through a hidden hole in the wall, she finds a tarnished silver spoon depicting a storybook hag over letters that spell out S-A-L-E-M—a spoon whose otherwordly energy soon connects her to a teeming network of witches who have been anxiously waiting for her.
     Chief among them is Salem-born Meena Good, finder of a matching spoon. Under the wing of the international headhunting firm VenCo, devoted to placing exceptional women in influential jobs, Meena has been collecting these spoons, and the witches who found them, in order to former a magic circle that will restore women to their rightful power.
     But now, with only one more spoon to find, a roguish and deadly witch-hunter has Meena's coven in his sights. As the clock ticks toward a now-or-never deadline, Meena sends Lucky and her grandmother on a dangerous, sometimes hilarious, road trip in search of the seventh spoon. It ends in the darkly magical city of New Orleans and a final confrontation that will either usher in a new beginning or force witches  to remain underground forever.

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CHERIE DIMALINE's 2017 blockbuster book, The Marrow Thieves, won numerous international awards and was named one of Time magazine’s best 100 YA books of all time. Her novel Empire of Wild became an instant Canadian bestseller, was named Indigo's #1 Best Book of 2019, and was featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker. Her YA novel, Hunting by Stars was selected as a 2022 American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book. A member of the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, Cherie is currently writing for television, working on a new novel and adapting works for the stage and screen.

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