Orphans of Winter
An inventive Canadian combination of mystery and fantasy, Orphans of Winter encompasses themes of hockey, religion and native spirituality. An unlikely hero embarks on a quest to uncover secrets of the past leading him from Toronto to Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.
“Ritchie’s first novel is not just about the game. Much akin to W.P. Kinsella’s memorable work of magic realism, Field of Dreams, Orphans of Winter steps out of the shadows, blending hockey, native spirituality and mysticism into one readable mix… Rob Ritchie is a skilled writer with an ear for the rhythms of the language. The dialogue is realistic, sometimes reminding me of conversations overhead from those standing at the rail, watching the game flash by. Now, I wonder, what his encore will be.”
~ Andrew Armitage, Owen Sound Times
This Novel is Shortlisted for the
2007 ReLit Awards