by Lisa Bird-Wilson
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.