by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler
  • from-ontario
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • indigenous
  • lgbtq

In 1872, dinosaur hunters become embroiled in a battle over the discovery of fossils in Northern Ontario as their excavation crews are driven mad by a bizarre and terrifying illness. Over a hundred years later, Church and his family show signs of the same monstrous affliction. As he begins to unravel his family’s dark history, Church must race to protect the secrets buried deep in bones and blood.

Set in the fictional town of Sterling and Ghost Lake Reserve, Wrist is Nathan Adler’s debut novel.


Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler, author

Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story written from the monster's perspective (Kegedonce Press), and co-editor of an anthology of short stories by Indigenous writers called Bawaajigan ~ Stories of Power (Exile Editions). He is also an artist and filmmaker, with an MFA in Creative Writing. Nathan was the winner of the 2010 Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient of the 2017 Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature. His writing is published in Redwire, Canada’s History, Shtetl, Kimiwan, Shameless, Prairie Fire/CV2, and Event Magazine, as well as various blogs and anthologies. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.


  • Just as "Wrist" treats trauma in a complex and perceptive way, it develops multi-dimensional and utterly convincing characters. One risk in anything that falls partially within the bounds of genre fiction is flat, simplistic characters; "Wrist" entirely avoids this problem with its presentation of people as complicated palimpsests of their own and others’ histories. Wiindigo is layered onto human; Anglicized residential school names are layered over Indigenous names; trauma is sometimes covered over but never completely; and perhaps most memorably, larger cultural currents leave their stamps on individuals in ways that are realistic in that they are never fully explained. - Amy Mitchell, The Rusty Toque Link to review
  • [Wrist] is a thought-provoking, original and daring take on monsters, pop culture, religion, heritage, exploitation and what it means to be human. This unique debut novel challenges the reader to question stereotypes and assumptions and to think outside the box. It stays with you long after the last page. - Deborah Vail, Prism Magazine Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Kegedonce Press

email: communications@kegedonce.com

website: https://kegedonce.com/

rights sold: Canada

rights available: World

Additional Information

publication date: 05/31/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book