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Lesser Blessed

by Richard Van Camp

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list price: $12.95
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category: Fiction
published: Sep 2008
ISBN:9781926685847
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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A powerful coming-of-age story -- edgy, stark, and at times, darkly funny that centers around Larry, a Native teenager trying to cope with a painful past and find his place in a confusing and stressful modern world. Larry is a Dogrib Indian growing up in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. His tongue, his hallucinations and his fantasies are hotter than the centre of the sun. At sixteen, he loves Iron Maiden, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school Ïtramp. In this powerful and very funny first novel, Richard Van Camp gives us one of the most original teenage characters in Canadian fiction. Skinny as spaghetti, nervy and self-deprecating, Larry is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His past holds many terrors: an abusive father, blackouts from sniffing gasoline, an accident that killed several of his cousins, and he's now being hunted and haunted by a pack of blue monkeys. But through his new friendship with Johnny, a Metis who just moved to town, he's now ready to face his memoriesÛand his future. The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Dogrib man in the age of AIDS, disillusionment with Catholicism and a growing world consciousness.

About the Author
Richard Van Camp, a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, is the author of the novel The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), and four collections of short stories, including Night Moves. He has published children’s books and baby books, including Little You. He is also author of the graphic novel Three Feathers (in English, Bush Cree, and Dene).
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The Lesser Blessed

In this novel, a sixteen-year-old Dogrib boy develops a friendship with a tough Métis boy, connects with the girl of his dreams, and navigates past the threats of bullies and drugs. By creating characters from three segments that are perpetually on the margins of Canadian society: Aboriginal, far north and non-conforming teens, the reader enters into their world of intolerances, violence, loss and risk taking. There are many links with inner city culture such as rock and roll, recreational drug and alcohol abuse, family disintegration, inner city hardship and the inability of educational institutions to have a positive impact.

Van Camp is the author of the many children’s books and a collection of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern.

Caution: Explicit descriptions of sexual and physical abuse, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and sex. Coarse language used throughout.

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

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