Frank Busch is the Author of the novel Grey Eyes. I met Frank at a book show in Toronto where he shared a chapter of his book with the audience.
TechBlocks VP Business Development, Peter Goral, and I interviewed Frank for Journey To Success Radio.
Frank Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, and now lives and works on the Westbank First Nation. He has spent his career life working with First Nations in the financial and legal sectors, visiting over 200 First Nations and Metis communities across Canada and the US. He wrote his debut fiction novel Grey Eyes in response to the message he received over and over from residential school survivors: “I just want my culture back.”
In a world without time and steeped in ceremony and magic, walks a chosen few who hold an ancient power: the Grey Eyes. True stewards of the land, the Grey Eyes use their magic to maintain harmony and keep evil at bay.
With only one elderly Grey-Eye left in the village of the Nehiyawak, the birth of a new Grey-Eyed boy promises a renewed line of defence against their only foe: the menacing Red-Eyes, whose name is rarely spoken but whose presence is ever felt.
While the birth of the Grey-Eyed boy offers the clan much-needed protection, it also initiates a struggle for power that threatens to rip the clan apart, leaving them defenceless against the their sworn enemy.
The responsibility of restoring balance and harmony, the only way to keep the Nehiyawak safe, is thrust upon a boy's slender shoulders. What powers will he have, and can he protect the clan from the evil of the Red Eyes?
“With his novel Grey Eyes, Frank Busch taps into the traditional in a way I’ve not seen before. At once historical and fantastical,Grey Eyes reclaims some of our most powerful stories with authenticity and with heart and with that bit of magic that brings all of it to such beautiful life. Busch is amongst the new generation of voices so vital to our country.”
— Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, winner of Canada Reads 2014
“…at once an intricate portrait of pre-contact life and a suspenseful page-turner that builds towards a dramatic and moving finish. As a novel it is a success – one that may benefit, and certainly entertain, indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians both.”
— Globe and Mail