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Split Tooth


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, the raw power of ice and sky, and the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol and violence. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small Arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and the 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. From this internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer, comes a haunting, exhilarating, and tender story that moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, poetry and prose.