The Descendants

The Descendants

Robert Chursinoff
$24.95


Chursinoff’s remarkable debut is a distinctively structured, sublimely written and moving tale of love, loss, intergenerational trauma and ultimately redemption, set in one of Canada’s most enigmatic and misunderstood ethno-religious communities.

Seven years after a brutal encounter with the Hells Angels, two ex-lovers, Jonah Seeger and Ruby Samarodin, return to their Doukhobor religious community in the mountains of British Columbia to heal and start new lives. Jonah is a twenty-five-year-old from a disgraced family, and now injured and battling PTSD from his time as a Marine. Ruby, practically Doukhobor royalty, is a rock star with a substance use disorder.

Jonah finds his mother, Sharon, still struggling with an eating disorder stemming from her terrorist upbringing in the Doukhobor splinter sect known as the Sons of Freedom. Ruby returns to Sasha, the young son she abandoned, and to her overbearing mother, Virginia, a pious pillar of the community raised to loathe the Sons of Freedom.

After a heartfelt reunion between Jonah, Ruby, and Sasha, they learn that a murderous Hells Angel, Clinton Pritchard, is still obsessed with revenge for the damage Jonah caused years earlier. But when Ruby confronts Clinton about their terrible past, Clinton’s brother Swanny Pritchard must choose whether to side with his brother or turn against him. Jonah and Ruby unwittingly draw their family into a final confrontation with the Hells Angels that will test longheld, pacifist Doukhobor beliefs.


 

The Descendants captivated me from the first page and never let up. Only a touring musician and a Doukhobor could depict both subjects with as much authenticity as Chursinoff has. Riveting, poignant, memorable, Chursinoff’s debut will do for the Doukhobors what Miriam Toews has done for Mennonites.”


–Sara Quin, author of High School and member of indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara

“A raw, searing, yet sweet love story and family drama, The Descendants takes readers inside Canada’s pacifist Doukhobor community and the turbulent world of Hells Angels bikers. Chursinoff’s characters are gritty, real and complex. Readers will be swept up in this layered debut novel, an exploration of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.”


–Aren X. Tulchinsky, author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

“Some authors are archaeologists, able to dig up some past and forgotten piece of history and show us the treasures buried beneath. Robert Chursinoff is just such an author. He’s unearthed a misunderstood but vibrant community and from it created a riveting story of love, prejudice and hope. A compelling read.”


–David Layton, author of Motion Sickness, The Dictator and The Bird Factory

“Debut author Robert Chursinoff seamlessly weaves a gripping tale of rock ’n’ roll, intergenerational trauma and love within a relatively unknown ethno-religious subculture. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys precise, unflinching and intimate storytelling and wants to know more about what makes British Columbia what it is.”


–Kinnie Starr, songwriter, author and filmmaker

“Themes of love and anger, of friendship and conflict, and of forgiveness and second chances dominate this intergenerational tale of Doukhobor descendants whose lives and identities are inexorably bound together despite their respective efforts to escape their pasts and each other. Robert Chursinoff’s meticulously researched story is a sometimes tender, often gritty tale of how our past impacts the present.”


–Jonathan Kamalkoff, writer and historian, doukhobor.org


Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714403
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 368 pp
Publication Date: 19/11/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: FIC019000-FICTION / Literary,FIC031090-FICTION / Thrillers / Terrorism,FIC051000-FICTION / Cultural Heritage 
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Chursinoff’s remarkable debut is a distinctively structured, sublimely written and moving tale of love, loss, intergenerational trauma and ultimately redemption, set in one of Canada’s most enigmatic and misunderstood ethno-religious communities.

Seven years after a brutal encounter with the Hells Angels, two ex-lovers, Jonah Seeger and Ruby Samarodin, return to their Doukhobor religious community in the mountains of British Columbia to heal and start new lives. Jonah is a twenty-five-year-old from a disgraced family, and now injured and battling PTSD from his time as a Marine. Ruby, practically Doukhobor royalty, is a rock star with a substance use disorder.

Jonah finds his mother, Sharon, still struggling with an eating disorder stemming from her terrorist upbringing in the Doukhobor splinter sect known as the Sons of Freedom. Ruby returns to Sasha, the young son she abandoned, and to her overbearing mother, Virginia, a pious pillar of the community raised to loathe the Sons of Freedom.

After a heartfelt reunion between Jonah, Ruby, and Sasha, they learn that a murderous Hells Angel, Clinton Pritchard, is still obsessed with revenge for the damage Jonah caused years earlier. But when Ruby confronts Clinton about their terrible past, Clinton’s brother Swanny Pritchard must choose whether to side with his brother or turn against him. Jonah and Ruby unwittingly draw their family into a final confrontation with the Hells Angels that will test longheld, pacifist Doukhobor beliefs.


 

The Descendants captivated me from the first page and never let up. Only a touring musician and a Doukhobor could depict both subjects with as much authenticity as Chursinoff has. Riveting, poignant, memorable, Chursinoff’s debut will do for the Doukhobors what Miriam Toews has done for Mennonites.”


–Sara Quin, author of High School and member of indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara

“A raw, searing, yet sweet love story and family drama, The Descendants takes readers inside Canada’s pacifist Doukhobor community and the turbulent world of Hells Angels bikers. Chursinoff’s characters are gritty, real and complex. Readers will be swept up in this layered debut novel, an exploration of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.”


–Aren X. Tulchinsky, author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

“Some authors are archaeologists, able to dig up some past and forgotten piece of history and show us the treasures buried beneath. Robert Chursinoff is just such an author. He’s unearthed a misunderstood but vibrant community and from it created a riveting story of love, prejudice and hope. A compelling read.”


–David Layton, author of Motion Sickness, The Dictator and The Bird Factory

“Debut author Robert Chursinoff seamlessly weaves a gripping tale of rock ’n’ roll, intergenerational trauma and love within a relatively unknown ethno-religious subculture. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys precise, unflinching and intimate storytelling and wants to know more about what makes British Columbia what it is.”


–Kinnie Starr, songwriter, author and filmmaker

“Themes of love and anger, of friendship and conflict, and of forgiveness and second chances dominate this intergenerational tale of Doukhobor descendants whose lives and identities are inexorably bound together despite their respective efforts to escape their pasts and each other. Robert Chursinoff’s meticulously researched story is a sometimes tender, often gritty tale of how our past impacts the present.”


–Jonathan Kamalkoff, writer and historian, doukhobor.org

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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714403
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 368 pp
Publication Date: 19/11/2022
BISAC Subject(s):: FIC019000-FICTION / Literary,FIC031090-FICTION / Thrillers / Terrorism,FIC051000-FICTION / Cultural Heritage 
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