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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Legacy is the first novel by Waubgeshig Rice, whose collection of stories;Midnight Sweatlodge was the Gold Medal Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012 for Adult Multicultural Fiction. Set in the 1990s, Legacy deals with violence against a young Indigenous woman and its lingering after-shocks on an Anishinaabe family in Ontario. Its themes of injustice, priv ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Theytus Books Ltd.
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Florence Lyon
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is a heart wrenching story about a family affected by tragedy and loss. Through each chapter, we witness the before and after lives of the Gibson siblings. We see a promise of hope as they are helped by relatives and friends in easing their suffering, rising from substance abuse while rediscovering Aboriginal healing traditions and proceeding on their own paths. We see hope for the future, for their children as we witness some gradually using their experience and newfound skills to help oth ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je peux d'ores et déjà vous dire que l'auteur n'est pas avare de détails. Tout est décrit avec une extrême précision faisant en sorte que vous pouvez imaginer chaque scène, chaque geste sans trop de difficulté. Bien que beaucoup de lecteurs adorent cette délicate attention, malheureusement pour moi, cela fit en sorte que le récit était parfois lourd à mes yeux.

Chronique :
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rice illustrates what injustice feels like for the people in his novel. This is a sad tale of the intertwining paths of an Anishinaabe family. I loved the local feeling the writing gave off. This story takes place mainly on a First Nation on the north shore of Lake Huron. You can feel the author's love of the area. This book will fill you with hope and it will fill you with despair. As the title implies, it will ask you what legacy do you want to leave. ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to all; especially to those of us who have ever wondered about Aboriginal Canadians' present and history. Very powerful book. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought Legacy was a strong first novel by Waub Rice. I have been looking forward to reading this book for awhile, since Waub grew up in the same area where I now live. I found his depiction of Rez life, racism, and the legacy of residential schools to be powerful. I also thought the exploration of the varied ways families and individuals deal with sudden tragedy offered insights for all readers. Any criticisms of the book I might offer would really just be quibbling, considering the overall s ...more
Jane Mulkewich
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having already read Waubgeshig Rice's more recent book The Moon of the Crusted Snow, published last year, I was eager to go back and read Legacy, published in 2014. Heart-warming to see the note on the dust jacket from Richard Wagamese, who was still alive then!

The chapters are structured so that you hear from each of the five siblings in a book about a family defined by tragic loss, and how each of them are taking steps towards recovery and healing. Lots of great detail about life on a rez in
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very powerful, moving story. I have wanted to read this book since reading about it's impending publication a few years ago. I finally bought a copy from Goodminds.
This heart wrenching novel is told from various family member's point of view about their struggles. An Anishinaabe family can’t seem to escape their legacy. It is one of violence, injustice and prejudice. This family can not seem to break free from the horrors of their life. The results of losing their family members are crippling
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Why I read it:
Because it's Waub's book! This is now in our local library system if you want to check it out.

What I thought:
The ending of the first chapter was devastating and I took some time after that chapter to calm my heart before finishing the rest of the book. There were moments during reading that I was in awe that a real life person I know had imagined/researched/written/published this thoughtful, detailed and powerfully honest novel but otherwise it was really easy to be totally imme
Nour Kanaa
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not the first book that I read about aboriginal people, but it is absolutely the most brilliant one. The way the story was told is just amazing, and I liked how the author divided the book. I didn't expect nor liked the ending, but I understand it. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Debbie Thomson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love that the book was set in Ontario. Couldn't put it down after the first chapter - it's better not to know what it's about so that you are surprised. Loved the character descriptions - would make a good movie. ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, indigenous
this book wasted no time in getting real. exploring a family of siblings and their ways that they individually and together approached family tragedy. an important read in light of the many missing and murdered indigenous women.
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sad, sad story, from beginning to end.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waubgeshig Rice's Legacy is a powerful debut novel, a most worthy follow up to his first book, the four story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, which I've previously discussed. Legacy, although showing a few first novel weaknesses, cements Waubgeshig Rice's position as a Canadian author to watch, and, more importantly, as a storyteller to be paid attention.

As I mentioned, Legacy has a few first novel problems -- perhaps a few every novel problems. The vocabulary a few times feels like Rice is stra
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the middle of it. It is stunning. I've made such a personal connection to it in my own life, my own childhood that was marked by profound loss and that I've been trying to come to terms with ever since. The following quote is resonating in my head and heart as I write this. A quote from Maria, reflecting on the death of her parents and murder of her sister. Maria is 20 and in the midst of a healing ritual in the woods with her Aunt....."I don't know if I ever really been happy since I was a k ...more
Greg Olson
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to read. In some ways it reminded me of Dana Lone Hill's equally powerful Pointing With Lips. Both books take an unflinching look at contemporary Native families navigating life on and off their home reserves. Like Lone Hill, Rice makes no apologies for his characters, the choices they make and the lives they lead, nor does he portray them as hapless, even when they are victims. Rice has pointed out on social media that, while Legacy is bleak, it carries a sense of opti ...more
Claire Thompson
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: indigenous
Interesting seeing the different trajectories of of siblings from one family. Thought provoking. The ending surprised me.
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Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published in October 2018. He currentl ...more

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