What does magic want?
When Vasai Singh resurrected drowned Mumbai and raised it into the clouds, the world reacted with awe and wonder – and no small amount of fear. As with the climate crisis believed to have caused the Cascade, resurgent magic proved lucky for some, a disaster for others, and a source of hope and dread for everyone else.
A generation has passed since the Cascade transformed the world, smashing the tectonic plates of the political landscape and infesting the wilderness with demons and shriekgrass.
In Ottawa, a scandal-plagued government clings to power, kept afloat by the manipulations of its precognitive political rainman, Ian Mallory. But when his predictions signal only catastrophe ahead, the magic-loathing photojournalist Tobias, land rights activist Jonah, climate scientist Blythe, and emoji-spell wielding intern Sujay must overcome ideology and bureaucracy to save a future from a present whose agenda spells only doom.
“I wanted to write a story about a Canadian figure – a hero – who wasn’t hung. For example, they hung Louis Riel. So I picked Gabriel Dumont, who led the rebellion in 1885 and got away with it.” – Carl Dow
Black Grass is the extraordinary first novel by Carl Dow (author of The Old Man’s Last Sauna). Leavened with a wry sense of humour, and featuring the iconic Métis leader Gabriel Dumont, Black Grass is a riveting adventure, a grand romance (with a twist!), and a gripping war story set on the borders of what would become the Canadian prairies and the American plains.
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Explorations of the human spirit that will move, amuse and even shock you
From odes to loves lost and loves found; from a clear-eyed look at what it takes to destroy a strong man to the web of love between a mother and her son; from the greed that drives a man to murder to a father’s understanding of the difference between his son’s imagination and the lies that lurk in the fears of his grandparents, Carl Dow’s stories introduce a powerful voice for the 21st century, one born of the turmoil, violence and struggle for justice and understanding that marked so much of the 20th.