NO LONGER AVAILABLE Shadow Tag: A Novel is the newest offering by Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich. She has the left the familiar Kashpaw family of previous novels behind for a couple whose marriage unravels as they try to live the urban yuppie lifestyle in Minneapolis. The husband is the artist and his wife plays the role of muse. The muse is a doctoral student studying the impact of the painter George Catlin. These flawed characters have three children and the family's dysfunction is documented here for all to see.
Through Black Spruce is Joseph Boyden's second novel set in Moose Factory, Toronto, Montreal, and Manhattan. A haunting novel of love, identity, and loss-from the internationally acclaimed author of Three Day Road Beautifully written and startlingly original, Through Black Spruce takes the considerable talents of Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden to new and exciting heights.
The Berlin Blues is a play by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that captures his characteristic satirical voice. In this play, the setting is a small Ojibwe reserve community facing the dilemma of sacrificing their traditional values for the exploitative economic development proposed by a German-based company. The business proposal drops into the lap of the band office's economic development officer who deals with a German couple who plan a theme-park called Ojibway World.
Born With a Tooth originally published in 2001 is reissued in this second edition. The book contains 13 short stories by noted author Joseph Boyden. Set in Northern Ontario, the stories introduce characters that appear in his later novels. Contemporary themes of loss, addictions, gambling, and suicide appear in this first collection as well as stories that contain humour and love. The book is organized into four main areas including Labour, Ruin, Running and Home.
Porcupines and China Dolls is a brilliant novel written by Teetl'it Gwich'in writer Robert Arthur Alexie. He writes about a community in the Northwest Territories where many of the people live lives of desperate searching for relief from the pain and nightmares of abuses endured while attending residential school. The two male characters at the centre of this novel each suffered abuse at the hands of a priest at the school and when the former priest is seen on television the men's lives are thrown into despair and finally action.
Indian Killer is a mystery novel written by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie. As the title indicates there is a serial killer on the loose on the streets of Seattle. And there are vigilantes out to pick off the skid-row Native Americans who live on the streets. The reader is never sure if the main character, John Smith, is in fact the serial killer. Smith was a Native American infant adopted at birth by a loving Anglo American couple. As an adult Smith finds he is lost and unwelcome in both Native American and Anglo communities.
The Toughest Indian in the World: Stories is a collection of nine short stories by the award-winning Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. The stories include: Assimilation, The Toughest Indian in the World, Class, South By Southwest, The Sin Eaters, Indian Country, Saint Junior, Dear John Wayne, and One Good Man. Alexie writes with his usual talent for creating memorable contemporary Native American characters whose lives provide challenges and successes despite the racism and hostility of modern America. Many of the stories involve middle-class Native Americans who live in urban areas.
Reservation Blues is the first novel by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. By blending humourous irony with detailed characterizations Alexie weaves a fascinating narrative about the return of the legendary Blues musician Robert Johnson to the Spokane rez. Haunted by his pact with the devil, Johnson catches a lift from a van driver on the rez and mysteriously leaves behind his guitar. This guitar becomes the catalyst for a group of friends to start their careers as a blues band.
The Scorched-Wood People: A Novel by Rudy Wiebe is the powerful portrayal of Louis Riel, the mystic revolutionary of the Northwest, and Gabriel Dumont, his commander-in-chief. Wiebe recreates an agonizing chapter in Canadian history which can never be forgotten Ã¹ the explosive world of the North West Resistence and the characters of the two men who led them. Written with powerful clarity and compassion, The Scorched-Wood People is an important work, an exploration of the faces of prophetic vision, the morality of politics and the nature of faith.