The Centaur's Wife by Amanda Leduc
“Stunning.…Stories are rarely as powerful or as skillfully crafted as The Centaur’s Wife. The novel is as grand a book as you are likely to read this year, a story of impossibilities delivered with a calm, steady confidence. The reader knows from the opening lines they are in the hands of a master storyteller; Leduc never lets them down.” —Quill & Quire
Hamilton-based author Amanda Leduc's novel is a vision of what happens when we ignore the natural world and the darker parts of our own natures:
When falling meteors destroy most of humanity, Heather, her newborn twins, and her husband are among the few survivors—but the mountain that looms over their city is somehow spared. Though city-dwellers are forbidden to visit the mountain, Heather's father took her there when she was a child on a misguided quest to heal her legs. The tragedy that resulted has shaped her life, bringing her both great sorrow and an undying connection to the mountain's magic, made real by her encounters there with Estajfan, a centaur, and his two siblings, marooned between the magical and the human world. Even as the survivors in the city struggle to stay alive, Heather constantly looks to the mountain, drawn by love, fear, and the desire for rescue. She is torn in two by her awareness of what unleashed the meteor shower and what is coming for the few survivors, once the green and living Earth makes a final reckoning of the usefulness of human life and finds it wanting.