​Author Laine Cunningham

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER

Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 meets Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale as a man battles sinister forces associated with a Native American peyote cult.

“A beautifully written supernatural story—the work of a master craftsman.”

“Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” 

When Aidan Little Boy leaves his ailing mother’s side to visit his sister on a peyote church property in South Dakota, he encounters a religious cult run by an apparently superhuman leader. Suddenly his nondescript life becomes tangled in a world that has grown disturbing and strange. In a series of remarkable events, the ancient beings of Native American folktales are manipulated by people with strong connections to the parallel world of spirits. Soon Aidan uncovers evidence that his sister and the rapidly growing congregation are in danger. He must understand these unknown powerful forces before the Reparation, a ceremony that will slaughter thousands of innocents.

This complex and surreal novel merges folktales, history, and contemporary lifestyles with magical realism in a hypnotically addictive original tale.

Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 2016 Ebook Award

Shortlisted for Three National Awards


“A beautifully written supernatural story - the work of a master craftsman. Fascinating!" Grady Harp, Vine Voice and Hall of Fame Reviewer

The "language has a well-crafted poetry, an impression that is immediate and indelible. The backstory is quick-moving...so heartbreaking. Manitou's character grows and grows in complexity [while the] hero [goes] through absolute hell. It's a huge and compelling struggle. Just a beautifully written book. Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest Judge, 4th Annual Ebook Awards

"A fascinating read that was hard to put down. Highly recommended." J. Phillips, Library Thing Reviewer

"The writing and imagery are beautiful, and I would definitely recommend the book to adults looking for a smooth, thrilling read." Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer

"Extraordinary. The novel explores the Indian traditions and elegantly blends in elements of fantasy. The compelling characters and their adventures make it hard to sleep on time." Client d'A, Reviewer

"This is the first book I have read by this author, and I'm going to look into her others. You won't even realize how long you've been reading until someone interrupts you!" S. Clem, Reviewer

"Can this, will this, be enough to help Aidan Little Boy in stemming such a great tide of evil? Only way to know for sure is to read on, dear reader, read on. I'm going to have to try out her other books. I'm sure I'd be vastly entertained." Rich, Reviewer

"Laine has such a way of writing that draws not just the mind of the reader, but pulls on heartstrings to connect with characters and story alike. Scored GOLD on this one!" S. Wingate, Reviewer