From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you’ve ever read.
Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them.
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, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.
When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.
Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and 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.
Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.
Recently read Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. It’s incredibly chilling and written in a style that combines fiction, memoir, and poetry with indigenous stories. It’s very difficult to describe. It is beautifully written yet haunting reflection of life for a young girl in a northern indigenous community.
While I am not very literate in poetry, there were certain aspects of this book that were really engaging, and once I got to the end, I was able to connect it all together. This book is powerful, it is strange, and it is not an easy read, so that would be my warning. Stephanie was right in that it is very hard to describe!
I will admit, that I read it out loud in a lyrical poetry way (without having any idea how to properly do this), and this gave it more uniqueness that helped with my understanding. I have heard that the audio book is much better as it is voiced by the author, who is a throat singer in Canada. I may have to give that a try on my next road trip!