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by Bruce Cinnamon

Shortlisted for the Sixth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize - Literary Fiction Category!

Shortlisted for Best Speculative Fiction at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

Shortlisted for Best Book Design at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen--a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city's spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton's soul. Ultimately, River must uncover the hidden history of Melting Day, forcing Edmonton to confront the dark underbelly of its traditions and leading the city into a new chapter in its history.

Balancing satire with compassion, Bruce Cinnamon's debut novel combines history and magic to weave a splendid future-looking tale.

"Heartfelt, flawed, and beautiful, The Melting Queen is a modern fairy tale. Cinnamon creates a lost history, writing a legacy for River Runson that honors missing ancestors and gives Edmonton a second chance to confront the truth of its hypocrisy around oppression and expression."
~ Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews

  • Publisher : NeWest Press (April 1 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1988732506
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1988732503
  • Item weight : 340 g
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.52 x 22.61 cm

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