Author: Richard Wagamese
Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he’s led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows.
Author: W.P. Kinsella
Tragedy strikes a Native community when the Hill family’s handsome seventeen-year-old son, Jimmy, mysteriously vanishes at sea. Left behind to cope during the search-and-rescue effort is his sister, Lisamarie, a wayward teenager with a dark secret. She sets off alone in search of Jimmy through the Douglas Channel and heads for Monkey Beach—a shore famed for its sasquatch sightings. Infused by turns with darkness and humour, Monkey Beach is a spellbinding voyage into the long, cool shadows of B.C.’s Coast Mountains, blending teen culture, Haisla lore, nature spirits and human tenderness into a multi-layered story of loss and redemption.
Buy Online: Penguin Random House
Dance Me Outside
Author: W.P. Kinsella
This is the book that inspired the motion-picture directed by Bruce McDonald and produced by Norman Jewison, starring Ryan Black and Adam Beach. When it first came out, Dance Me Outside broke entirely new ground and it’s as fresh today as the day it was written. Kinsella refuses to take a tragic (he would call it sentimental) view of native life. His view is unrepentantly comic and his stories are extremely funny. Not that he laughs at the expense of the natives. On the contrary, it is the white man and his civilization that are seen to be absurd. Kinsella is known all over the country for books like Scars and Born Indian and for the classic film, Field of Dreams. But Dance Me Outside is still his best, a classic of its kind, chaste, infectious, irresistible. Now in its seventieth printing.
Buy Online: Oberon Press
The Lesser Blessed
Author: Richard Van Camp
The Lesser Blessed tracks the exploits of Larry Sole, a Dogrib teenager living in the small Northern town of Fort Simmer. After losing much of his memory in a violent accident, what he loves more than anything is reading, hearing and collecting stories. With no interest in booze or sports, he floats on the edges of high school life, sustained by his love of Iron Maiden and a hopeless passion for school hottie Juliet Hope. When good-looking, trouble-seeking Johnny Beck moves into town, he shakes up Larry’s dreamy existence and leads him into a life of sex, drugs and violence, bringing him face to face with memories that he’s done his best to lose.
Note: All book synopses are taken from the respective publisher’s website.