Just Pretending

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Coteau Books, 2013 - Canadian fiction - 222 pages
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A debut short story collection from one of Canada's most exciting new Aboriginal voices. "In our family, it was Trish who was Going To Be Trouble; I was Such a Good Girl." At times haunting, at times hilarious, Just Pretending explores the moments in life that send us down pathways predetermined and not-yet-forged. These are the liminal, defining moments that mark irreversible transitions n girl to mother, confinement to freedom, wife to murderer. They are the melodramatic car-crash moments n the outcomes both horrific and too fascinating to tear our eyes from. And they are the unnoticed, infinitely tiny moments, seemingly insignificant (even ridiculous) yet holding the power to alter, to transform, to make strange. What links these stories is a sense of characters working n both with success and without, through action or reaction n to separate reality from perception and to make these moments into their lives' new truths.
 

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Contents

Astum
1
Blood Memory
3
The Nirvana Principle
11
Someones Been Lying to You
21
Deedee
33
Julia and Joe
41
Happy Numbers
55
The Visit
69
Hungry
139
Fine Stuff
149
Delicate on Her Tongue
163
Ayekis
167
Delivery
175
Billy Bird
185
Grapes
193
Lost
195

Oldest Sons
79
Mister X
87
Single Native Female
97
Just Pretending
105
The Times In Between
117
Drinking Wine spo dee o dee
125
In Simpler Times
207
How to Tell If You Are Poor
209
Acknowledgements
222
About the Author
223
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Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Cree-Metis writer from Saskatchewan whose writing has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Grain, Prairie Fire, The Dalhousie Review, Geist, kimiwan, cihcewesin and Best Canadian Essays. She is the author of the novel Just Pretending (Coteau Books, 2013). Bird-Wilson lives in Saskatoon, SK.

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