Just Pretending

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Coteau Books, Apr 2, 2013 - Fiction - 232 pages
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From one of Canada’s most exciting new Métis voices, Lisa Bird-Wilson, comes a book whose recurring themes include the complexities of identity, belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity. A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse. A pot-smoking middle-aged man undertakes a modest quest for meaning following a brush with mortality. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment. The characters are often fragile, sometimes unlikeable, but ultimately can be identified or sympathized with. At the centre of the 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.
 

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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 Saskatchewan Métis writer whose stories have been finalists for the Journey Prize, among others. They have appeared in periodicals such as Grain, Prairie Fire, Geist, and in the anthology Best Canadian Essays. Just Pretending is her first book-length work of fiction. Lisa is the author of one other book, An Institute of Our Own: A History of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and has also written curriculum and other materials for the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education. Saskatchewan born and raised, she works as a director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute and lives in Saskatoon with her family.

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