Based on real events surrounding a cult in rural Quebec, Hetherington's debut novel Mooncalves weaves a tale of present-day crime and a strange, dystopian future.
"The arrival of Hetherington’s unique narrative voice may announce the coming of a new genre. Call it Post Singularity Toronto Gothic, if you will. You may be tempted, if you are as impressed by this debut as this reviewer is, to see Hetherington as the millennial generation’s persuasive answer to Atwood."
- The Vancouver Sun
"Word started to spread in literary circles earlier this spring about a startling literary debut, a first novel called Mooncalves by Victoria Hetherington, published by a very small press in Vancouver. Such presses have no money for publicity, so the only way for a novel such as that to create some word of mouth is to be really, really good. Here is evidence, for the skeptical, that it sometimes does happen. Mooncalves is a stunning debut."
- The Globe and Mail
"With family resemblances to other Canadians, specifically the novels of Lynn Crosbie and the body-horror films of early David Cronenberg...Mooncalves forges its own path. A stylish puzzle of a story, Victoria Hetherington’s debut novel is prickly and demanding and a bit feral but both singular and absorbing."
- The Toronto Star
"From Netflix’s Wild Wild Country to a slew of books – including Claudia Dey’s Heartbreaker, Victoria Hetherington’s Mooncalves, and Emma Cline’s The Girls...explorations of cults are filling a particular, and dark, societal need."
- Quill and Quire
"A work of great thematic depth...[the central relationship] I completely loved and have had to restrain myself from writing paragraph after paragraph."
- The Puritan
"Mooncalves is capable of becoming The Handmaid’s Tale of our time not only because of how relevant it is to current discussions about climate change and patriarchy but also for some of the ways it goes further in its discussion of feminism... It is a book that is, in many ways, unlike anything that I have read before, and it is hard to imagine I will encounter anything quite like it again."
- The Town Crier
"Mooncalves is startling...A truly harrowing read that strips all of the glamor from the genre within which it operates."
- Broken Pencil Magazine
"Set against a backdrop of impending environmental catastrophe, Hetherington’s fresh and unconventional story is composed of deeply complex characters including cult devotees, time travellers, synthetic companions, and ghosts. Hetherington offers us a biting social critique in this stunning debut."
- Kathryn Mockler, author of Onion Man
" Hetherington is a beautiful writer. In the depraved and terrifying future she creates, her sentences dance nimbly, brightly across the page, like the palest of flowers left on decomposing bodies."
- Diana Wagman, author of Extraordinary October
" Anchored by survivalist women’s voices, this dystopic story catapults the Millennial perspective into the visionary position. In this cultish, futuristic landscape, I was reassured by this mysterious talent women have, to absorb ancestrally, survivalist tricks fit for any era.”
- Alisha Piercy, author of Bunny and Shark
"Hetherington holds nothing back, whether it’s sexual, violent, or emotionally toxic.You will have trouble putting Mooncalves down, because as protagonist Erica says, “transgression can be unbearably sexy.”
- Myna Wallin, author of Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar
"A ganglion of masterfully structured insights and anxieties reminiscent of Jean Rhys and Renata Adler. Mooncalves speaks closer than most to our contemporary moment."
- Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo
The True Story of a Canadian Legend
INTO THE MIST: FINDING CF-JDO
A mystery of the Canadian North decades in the making. The legend, the tragedy and the heroic recovery. Your journey starts here.
About The Book
In August 1959, Flight Officer Raymond Gran and his passenger, Conservation Officer Harold Thompson, set out on a mission in Ray's Saskatchewan Government Airways Cessna 180. They never returned.
Their loss sent shockwaves of grief through the community, and became the stuff of legend across a province where there's a rich and enduring tradition of propeller planes connecting communities.
Ray's daughter Linda was born to Marcella just two months after Ray's plane disappeared, and mother and daughter kept the story alive. Decades later, Linda and her family mounted a quest to find the missing men.
Finding a lost plane in dense boreal forest dotted with countless lakes in northern Saskatchewan is harder than finding a needle in a haystack. With the help of people from all walks of life, from world-class divers and sonar experts to the resourceful villages near the crash site, Ray's family brought the lost souls home.
Into the Mist weaves together spoken accounts that reveal the hardships and joys of life in the Canadian North of the 20th Century, and explores the extraordinary lengths two interlinked families went to find their loved ones.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
In this book you'll learn about the families of the lost souls. Keeping hope alive through three generations, the Kapustas, Gran and Thompons embarked on a journey to locate the downed Cessna 180 CF-JDO after 59 years in Peter Pond Lake.
The family located both souls and their aircraft in 2018, starting a year’s journey towards their recovery.
A phenomenal team of experts were instrumental in finding CF-JDO, and in raising the aircraft, and in bringing this story to the page. You'll meet experts including world-class diver Mike Fletcher, sonar expert Garry Kozak General Terrence Leversedge, and many others.
The Dene people (transl. 'Human Being') are an Indigenous group of First Nations, upon whose land the tragedy occurred. In their words, learn about life in Michel Village, and the tragedy through the eyes of the community. The brave and resourceful inhabitants of Michel Village helped raise the plane in the eleventh hour of the rescue.
ORDER THE BOOK
Into The Mist will be available for purchase soon at McNally Robinson in Saskatchewan. Please fill out the form to the right to get on the order list.
A story like this is made possible through the seamless collaboration of experts, and the passion of loved ones. It also generates a lot of questions. We are available to provide answers. You can use this form to send your technical questions to sonar expert Gary Kozak, diving expert Mike Fletcher, and military and WWII expert Brigadier-General Terrence Leversedge. You can also ask the Gran and Kapusta families questions about the journey and mission. Please allow 1-2 weeks for an answer.