From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you've ever read.
Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them.
A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.
When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.
Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.
I am only 2/3 through this book but it is incredible. The author's style is unvarnished and clear, which makes the dips into mysticism all the more real and hair-raising. I can't say enough good things about this book. This book brings the northern Indigenous experience to life in a vibrant, and at times painful way. I highly recommend this book for its style, subject matter, and incredible descriptions of the mystical world that exists just half a breath away, through the veil.
Some of the subject matter may be hard to read for some (themes of sexual abuse, for instance).
Such a whimsical story I loved it