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Tainna
Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories | Norma Dunning
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Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunnings characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada. In Tainnameaning the unseen ones and pronounced Da?e?nn?aa fraught reunion between sisters Sila and Amak ends in an uneasy understanding. From the spirit realm, Chevy Bass watches over his imperilled grandson, Kunak. And in the title story, the broken-hearted Bunny wanders onto a golf course on a freezing night, when a flock of geese stand vigil until her body is discovered by a kind stranger. Norma Dunnings masterful storytelling uses humour and incisive detail to create compelling characters who discover themselves in a hostile land where prejudice, misogyny and inequity are most often found hidden in plain sight. There, they must rely on their wits, artistic talent, senses of humour and spirituality for survival; and there, too, they find solace in shining moments of reconnection with their families and communities.
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Kazzie
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I love her writing style. The story with Annie Muktuk was great - nice to revisit this character.

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Winner of the Governor General Award for Fiction. 🏆😁 #Indigenous

merelybookish Was this your pick to win? 10mo
Lindy @merelybookish No, I think it‘s a great book but my top pick from the finalists was 10mo
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Tainna=The Unseen Ones. Not all Inuit live in the north. In this heartfelt collection of six short stories, we meet Inuit people of all ages who live in Canadian cities south of their traditional land. Supernatural beings and dead ancestors interact with the living. The characters find ways to survive and make community connections, while dealing with alienation, racism and misogyny. #Indigenous #canlit

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“Hey fellas, look over here—it‘s an Eskimo!”
She knew not to interact. No matter what. Not with a white guy & especially not with an old white guy. She let her breath out & held her head up a little higher.
“Like the football team, you mean, Alex?” The bar burst into hard laughter. Peals of it slip-sliding everywhere. Annie saw the bellies of all those white men jiggling like Mr Claus. She saw their white beards ho-ho-ho-ing & their blue eyes ⬇️

Lindy [Continued]: glittering like the stars on a Christmas tree. Annie saw what she always saw in white men. Annie saw hate. (edited) 1y
LeahBergen 😬😬 1y
Lindy @LeahBergen I‘m glad the Edmonton football team has finally dropped the Indigenous slur from their name. 😏 1y
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His laugh spun him around like a hurricane and made drift piles of old laughter fall off the walls and make a mountain out of old and new laughs. His body shook and swayed and shattered into bits and pieces. Their house became the shrapnel of Grandpa Chevy‘s big long laugh.

saresmoore I love this quote. Is the painting one of your sweetie‘s? 1y
Lindy @saresmoore Yes, the painting is one of Laurie‘s. 😊 1y
Come-read-with-me Beautiful! 1y
Lindy @Come-read-with-me 😊 1y
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I‘ve tagged one of my most recent purchases from my local independents. There are two indies in Edmonton, both offering free delivery, and I split my online orders between them. Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

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