Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 16
- Grade: 11
'Whitetail Shooting Gallery', a new novel from award-winning author and Giller Prize nominee, Annette Lapointe, is set in the outer urban, often desolate, landscape of the Saskatchewan prairie. Cousins Jennifer and Jason live close together as small kids, exploring their rural home. They live in adjacent, sometimes overlapping, households. But one act of family violence begets another, and the cousins drift apart. By adolescence, the two are estranged. Jennifer grows closer to her bestfriend, Donna, an evangelical minister's daughter who rebels against her family by immersing her- self in a world of vectors, fractals, perfect math, and porn. Jason's world is hockey. Donna likes his street-hockey bruises. Jason's also interested in Gordon, a semi-recluse ex-teacher who lives on the periphery of town and con- structs art installations from leather, tamarack, animal skulls, and other found items. Horses, bears, kissing cousins, and other human animals conspire in a series of conflicts that result in accidental gunfire and scarring-both physical and emotional-that take many years to heal.
"The teen world in 'Whitetail Shooting Gallery' will make you squirm. It's dark and gritty, but it's also pretty funny. ... In 'Whitetail Shooting Gallery', Lapointe gives us an animalistic view of the teen world. This is not small-town rural life as idyllic or pastoral. Lapointe's world reflects the turmoil, raging emotions and hormones brewing inside adolescents ... Her writing isstrong, sharp and visceral. Lapointe finds the beauty and, equally importantly, the humour in this ugly, carnal world ... Lapointe's vivid, powerful voice and her beautifully savage view of rural prairie life." - Winnipeg Free Press
About the author
John Thomas Osborne, aka Tom Osborne, was born on Baffin Island in June of 1949. He has illustrated various books, including Mary Beth Knechtel’s under-acknowledged The Goldfish That Exploded and Social Credit for Beginners: An Armchair Guide (Pulp Press, 1986). He is also author of several books of poetry, including Under the Shadow of Thy Wings (1986), 9 Love Poems, and Please Wait for Attendant to Open Gate. His first novel Foozlers was published by Anvil Press in 2004 and was followed in 2006 by Dead Man In the Orchestra Pit (Anvil). Osborne grew up in Kamloops, B.C. and Vancouver, co-founded Pulp Press in the early 1970s, and currently resides in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Whitetail Shooting GalleryTh is novel is set in the dark and coarse teen culture of rural Saskatchewan. Overweight teen Jennifer and cousin Jason have a tentative incestuous relationship. But they grow apart as Jason explores his homosexuality while Jennifer explores lesbianism with her best friend. Th en Jennifer gets shot in the face in, what is thought to be, a hunting accident and lives are changed. Th e plot can be confusing as it moves between the perspectives of major characters and jumps timelines but the author’s voice is vivid and powerful in her savage view of prairie life.
Lapointe’s previous book, Stolen, was nominated for the Giller Award. Th is book was nominated for the Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinson Book of the Year,
Caution: Reflecting the tumultuous inner world of the adolescent, this book could be studied under supervision in senior English Classes.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.