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The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel

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Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reservation. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she s deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself, but he s also a little creepy. Little do Tiffany, her father, or even her astute Granny Ruth suspect the truth. The mysterious Pierre L Errant is actually a vampire, returning to...more
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Published August 1st 2007 by Annick Press
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Tiffany Hunter is dealing with a lot. She lives in Otter Lake, an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) reservation in central Ontario with her dad and grandmother. She's doing poorly in school, she fights with her dad constantly, and to make matters even more difficult she is trying to navigate a new relationship with a white boyfriend. Demons and ghost stories are the last thing on her mind—but they're the center of everything for Pierre L’Errant, the new boarder Tiffany's father has just taken into their home....more
I thought this was an interesting read and it's not something I usually pick up. This was the first book I've read where the paranormal guy in the book was actually creepy (I suppose The Historian may count too but since I basically just skimmed most of that book, including the parts about Dracula, I can't really say.). One of the strange things, though, is that even though Pierre is a vampire who does not mind killing humans, he still came across as a good guy (view spoiler)...more
I really wanted to like this one more than I did. It could have been so much more than what's here. It actually feels like two disjointed stories barely linked together and that the good story isn't actually told.
Tiffany is a difficult character to like. She is so overblown in her reaction's to things in her life. She seems almost a charicature of a teenage girl, stomping and cussing and running off, saying they'll all be sorry. I get that teenage girls are emotional and overly dramatic at times...more
Tiffany Hunter has a lot of typical teenager problems: her dad hates her white boyfriend and thinks Tiffany should study more, her boyfriend's friends seem uncomfortable with her because she's Native, and her mom took off with another guy. She longs to be older and to be able to leave boring Otter Lake Reserve for the exciting outside world. And now just to make things more complicated, her dad has taken in a boarder, a mysterious European named Pierre L'Errant who doesn't eat with them and only...more
In two alternating narratives we are introduced to Tiffany, a typical teenage girl, and Pierre, a mysterious "European" traveler. The first half of the book is dominated by Tiffany's point of view; this gives it an uneven feel since it is almost entirely quotidian matter about school, her boyfriend, wishing she could have new shoes, fighting with her dad, etc. The small bits of Pierre with hints of the supernatural seem like an odd interruption and connect only coincidentally with Tiffany's life...more
Sonia Hardy
This book was alot different than what I am used to reading but I can honestly say I loved it. It took two things that I absolutely love, vampires and Native American culture, and combined the two. It was a wonderful story and beautifully written. I recommend it to someone who wants a quick and good read. The ending was kind of sad for one character but happy for another.
The story of two very different people searching for who they are and their place in the world. Tiffany Hunter is an Anishinabe (Objiwa) teenager. Pierre L’Errant is a Windigo (Vampire).

After a series of unhappy (yet mostly typical teenager) events, Tiffany is alone, in the bush, contemplating suicide. L’Errant finds Tiffany, and feigns an attack, to shock her into realizing death is not the answer. He also tells her his story, in an effort to convince her that what she has, people who care abo...more
Skyler Wixom
"Night Wanderer" is told from two perspectives: a young teenage girl living with her father and her grandmother in a single parent household, and also a mysterious native wanderer who comes into this family's life. The family lives on a reservation outside of a small town. The girl is dating a white boy in this town, under the disapproval of her father, when this stranger comes and changes everything.

I would not, given the choice again, go out of my way to read this book. It was strange in a st...more
Michelle Pegram
Night Wanderer is the story of Tiffany, an Ojibwa girl who is coping with an absentee mother, an overwhelmed father, and a boyfriend who may not be all that he is cracked up to be. As if that is not enough, her father moves her to the basement so that they can rent to a lodger, who stays up all night, sleeps all day, and has a "special" diet, to help make ends meet. The subtitle of this novel, A Native Gothic Novel, is fitting as Drew Hayden Taylor brings the vampire story to an Ojibwa reservati...more
hmmm. wasn't terribly fond of this. the main character tiffany felt like the kind of teenage girl you'd write if all you'd ever seen of teenagers was low quality television. the vampire worked a little better but i still felt like his potential was underutilized. there's a lot of interesting things you could say with a native vampire who's been alive for about four hundred years! this book didn't manage much that was fresh

i agreed to do a book talk on this though so i guess i'll have to come up...more
Heather Pearson
Pierre L'Errant is a secretive man. He is travelling to the Otter Lake Reserve, but his is exhibiting mysterious behaviour such as hiding in the airport all day and only leaving the buildings when it is night time.

On the Reserve, sixteen year old Tiffany Hunter has been told by her father that she must move all her belongings to the room in the basement; no explanation is given to her. Being a teenager is tough enough when your mother runs off with another man and you are a visible minority in y...more
[I was sort of wondering if this YA vampire novel (published in 2007) was in any way a response to the Twilight books and their portrayal of the Quileute Nation. But according to the afterword, the story (with both the vampire and the teenage girl) originated 15 years earlier in a play, A Contemporary Gothic Indian Vampire Story. Now you know.]

Pierre L'Errant, once known as Owl, has come to the Otter Lake Reserve on a mysterious errand. He prefers the basement to a comfortable bedroom, won't eat...more
The book started slow, but then got more interesting once Pierre, the vampire arrived at Otter Lake. Some of the things I liked about the book were: the original take on vampire stories, how there was a young looking centuries old vampire and a teen girl in the same story and they had ZERO romantic overtones (in fact, Pierre treats her with the vague benevolence of a boarder, and they do end up bonding a bit in a purely platonic way), the Dracula shout outs, and the sense of an age passed. I lik...more
Tiffany Hunter's mother left, she and her father don't exactly get along and she is wondering what is going on with her new, non-Native boyfriend. She's too busy with her own life to pay attention to the stranger who is staying in their basement for a while.
He sleeps all day, doesn't eat meals with them and is out on the reserve all night long. The whole family thinks he is a bit strange, but it seems the stranger and Tiffany have more in common than she thinks.

I'll admit that this book was ver...more
Richard Van Camp
Drew Hayden Taylor’s novel, The Night Wanderer (Annick Press):

Drew Hayden’s new novel, The Night Wanderer, is a joy to read and, I believe, Mr. Taylor’s finest writing yet.

It’s always a joy in Aboriginal literature when we are able to follow the daily lives of an Aboriginal family. Craig Lesley let us follow Jack and Danny Kachiah, a Nez Perce father and son team, in his wonderful series, River Song and Winter Kill, and Lee Maracle allowed us to follow Will and his family in the Sto:loh epic, W...more
I'm sure most people peg this off as a native "Twilight". So that's all that needs to be said.
I did enjoy the discussion in the end between Piere and Tiffany; his frank advice to smarten up and stop being selfish is yet another example of words that a child needs to hear from someone other than the parents. I hope someone will be around to tell my daughter to smarten up and stop being selfish when she hits the teenage years, because if I tell her, I know she wont listen.
liked it but didn't love it. the story holds a lot of promise but falls short in some ways. definitely worth a read though. one of the characters is a Native American (Anishinabe) vampire who has returned to his home after centuries in Europe. the other character is an annoyingly self-centered young girl. this is where it falls short, it felt like her character was all complaint and no complexity. overall, I enjoyed it.
This was a bit different to what I was expecting but I did really like it. Tiffany was self-absorbed and quite dramatic but you still empathised with her, as well as her father and her grandmother, even with Pierre, although he is both good and evil, very similar to the proverb at the start.

I found the way Anishinabe (Ojibwa) culture was a part of the story, both regarding the disappearance of the culture and how the people of that culture were seen by the people off the reserve. It was interes...more
stylistically this was kind of all over the place, one minute in a teenage girl's head, the next in her Ojiibway grandmother's fading linguistic cadence, but i sort of loved it, and it definitely worked as a storytelling device to differentiate the characters. Truly Gothic in a traditional, literary sense, this book takes things that go bump in the night seriously, as well as romantically, and in the grand tradition of the best books with monsters, I couldn't read this if J wasn't home. A sure s...more
I liked this book - a Native spin on the usual vampire story. It's a good, quick YA read.
Crystal Brown
Good book with lots of suspense. Going to add to the ENG3C book club.
i haven't decided my rating for this book yet. it was super complicated, unusual vampire story that takes place on a reserve in canada and is mostly from the perspective of a young native woman. pretty unusual right there hey? sometimes the writing feels a bit unbelievable/preachy in that way of an adult writing from a young person's point of view, but the story is gripping and interesting simultaneously. oh hell, will someone else please read it so we can talk about it?
Better than Twilight, if truth be told. Pierre L'Errant might not be as sexy as Edward Cullen, and may not have a brood of Electric Circus siblings at his side, but he definitely has the angsty creepy vampire act down. A good way to familiarize yourself with contemporary native issues: forgotten or erased histories, youth suicide, tension around status Indian tax deductions. Taylor's work is well written and a compelling read for any age.
Okay, this was more of a coming-of-age novel rather than a supernatural or mythological story. Yes, it had a vampire in it; but, the book would have been fine without it. Still for its type. I was a good story. Just a little underhanded in the way it went about it, and it was obviously riding the Twilight books success.
Neill Smith
When the strange boarder appears at her home on the isolated Otter Lake reserve, Tiffany Hunter is curious why anyone would want to visit there from Europe. However, he looks as Ojibwa as her own family. His reclusiveness intriques her more but a confrontation in the forest at night changes her life.
I wanted to like this more than i did...I felt like the narrative voice was didactic, and the pacing just dragged, and then the ending was totally lackluster. It gets points for originality, and at it at least tries to address racism and gives a new twist to an Anishinabe story.
I almost really liked this story. Certainly will recommend it to the younger people that I know! The old storytelling theme is always with good tellers. This is a book 'listed' for youth fiction' and a very good 'listing'.
Liked this book, but wanted more closure at the end. Although I knew why Owl came home, I wanted to know the process of ending what he had become. Very enjoyable read.
Michael Runyan
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