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published: Mar 1993
ISBN:9780920079799
publisher: Fifth House Books

Bootlegger Blues

by Drew Hayden Taylor

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5 of 5
2 ratings
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list price: $11.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
category: Drama
published: Mar 1993
ISBN:9780920079799
publisher: Fifth House Books
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This new comedy by the author of Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education Is Our Right is about love, family, and what to do with too much beer.  Set on a reserve, it follows the plight of Martha, a church-going, teetotaling woman who finds herself stuck with 143 cases of beer after a church fundraiser fails.  She decides to bootleg the beer, to the horror of her son Andrew, nicknamed Blue, who is a special constable on the reserve.

Meanwhile, Andrew has fallen for a young woman he thinks is his cousin, and his sister Marianne is bored with her "Indian Yuppie" husband and finds herself attracted to a handsome dancer at the powwow.

The pace is fast and vigorous in this romantic situation comedy.

About the Author

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist. He was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. Taylor has authored nearly thirty books, including The Night Wander: A Native Gothic Novel (Annick, 2007) about an Anishinaabe vampire. He also edited Me Funny, Me Sexy and Me Artsy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006, 2008 and 2015), and has been nominated for two Governor General's Awards. He lives in Toronto.

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The Bootlegger Blues

This dramatic comedy is about love, lust, family and illegal alcohol. Set on a reserve, it follows Martha, a pillar of the community, who has been unable to sell 143 cases of beer for a church fundraiser. She decides to bootleg the beer, to the dismay of her son Andrew, nicknamed Blue, the reserve’s special constable. Meanwhile, Andrew has fallen for a young woman he thinks is his cousin. His sister, Marianne, is bored with her “Indian Yuppie” husband and finds herself attracted to a handsome powwow dancer. The pace is rapid, energetic and vigorous in this romantic situation comedy filled with raw humour, puns and irony.

Taylor, an Ojibway from Ontario, has a successful career as a writer for stage and screen, has directed documentary films, and has written several books, many plays and numerous articles.

Caution: Includes some swearing, strong vulgarity and references to sexual liaisons.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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