The Singing Stick: A Novel


forthcoming, September 4, 2024
5.5 x 8.5″, 374 pp.
Includes discussion questions and music playlists

As a fierce nor’easter bears down on her Massachusetts town, Fiona Richter places a frantic 911 call. Her husband, Simon, eighty years old and suffering from dementia, has gone missing from the house—along with his clarinet.

So begins The Singing Stick, the story of a son, his long-dead mother, and the music that anchors them both in times of great unmooring.

Pre-order: The paperback version is available to Rafters for pre-order at a 20% discount through July 31. If you’re new to The Raft (Phyllis’s online community), request the code from her. Pre-order offer good only in this online store. After the book’s official release on September 4, the novel will be widely available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

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Praise for The Singing Stick

Heartrending story of an Indigenous family’s multigenerational trauma . . . a startling tour de force.

BookLife Reviews
(Editor’s Pick)

A deeply thoughtful novel about finding one’s voice when all has seemingly been lost.

Indie Today
(five stars)

Cole-Dai confronts harsh realities with the deftness of a true storyteller. A remarkable achievement.

Colin Mustful, founder/editor
History Through Fiction

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