“A debut with impressive bite.” - The Globe and Mail
“There are lyrical moments which possess an eerie power – especially where Boyden writes about the northern landscape and the human relationship to it.” - The Independent
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"With Irish and Ojibwa blood in his veins, and a history of summers and teaching residencies on reservations with names like Christian Island, Kashechewan and Attawapiskat, Boyden writes with striking authority from a place poised between native pain and white indifference. If you've ever speed-walked past a raven-haired drunk on a city sidewalk and felt the paleface's burden of pity and repulsion, this is a book to carry you beyond such fleeting emotion." The Globe and Mail
Nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in 1997, Joseph Boyden now delivers a collection of delightful, improbable tales and cautionary fables that the Quill & Quire calls "emotionally forthright and complex." Boyden has created worlds that confound accepted perception and prejudices. Worlds in which the town nerd learns how to literally escape his own ugly skin, and a young girl befriends and falls in love with a starving timber wolf. Worlds that are immediate and moving.
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