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Just Pretending

by Lisa Bird-Wilson

Just Pretending


Shortlisted for these 2014 Saskatchewan Book Awards: 

* University of Regina Book of the Year

* SaskPower Fiction Award

* Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples' Writing Award

* City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award

*First Nations University of Canada Aboriginal Peoples' Publishing Award

From one of Canada's most exciting new Metis voices comes a book whose recurring themes include the complexities of identity, belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity.

A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse. A pot-smoking middle-aged man undertakes a modest quest for meaning following a brush with mortality. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment.

The characters are often fragile, sometimes unlikeable, but ultimately can be identified or sympathized with. At the centre of the stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending.


5.5" x 8.5" • 272 pages
18.95 CDN; 18.95 USD
E-Book Price
Fiction • Tradepaper• Adult
Lisa Bird-Wilson
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About the Author

Lisa is a Saskatchewan Métis writer whose stories have been finalists for the Journey Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Grain, Prairie Fire, Geist, and in the anthology Best Canadian Essays.

Just Pretending is her first book-length work of fiction. Lisa is the author of one other book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and has also written curriculum and other materials for the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education.

Saskatchewan-born and -raised, Lisa works as a director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute and lives in Saskatoon with her family.



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