A powerful short story collection from Cree-Métis author Lisa Bird Wilson.
A nitanis (daughter) invents the mother she never knew. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment. A young man struggles with his Mooshum’s imprisonment in a damaged body and what it means for his own Métis identity. A department store clerk falls for a homeless man who woos her with Heart of Darkness.
At the centre of these stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending.
“Bird-Wilson brilliantly exposes the Metis experience in a way that's both critical and loving, but she also universalizes the struggles of her characters across race, gender and age...Lisa Bird-Wilson is a talented writer whose stories are deep and difficult, darkly amusing and always touching. Just Pretending is a collection that is not to be missed."