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Tainna
The Unseen Ones, Short Stories
By (author): Dr. Norma Dunning
Dr. Norma Dunning

Imprint:

Douglas & McIntyre

ISBN:

9781771622714

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Flaps
English

Audience:

General Trade
Mar 27, 2021
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.55 in | 230 gr

Page Count:

160 pages
Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Douglas & McIntyre
FICTION / Short Stories
 
Governor General’s Literary Awards 2021, Winner 2021 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award 2021, Short-listed Short Story Collection Award at the Alberta Literary Awards 2022, Short-listed ReLit Award (Short Fiction) 2022, Short-listed
  • Short Description

A new collection of short stories that illuminate Inuit experience in the Canadian South.

Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunning’s characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada.

In Tainna—meaning “the unseen ones” and pronounced Da-e-nn-a—a fraught reunion between sisters Sila and Amak ends in an uneasy understanding. From the spirit realm, Chevy Bass watches over his imperilled grandson, Kunak. And in the title story, the broken-hearted Bunny wanders onto a golf course on a freezing night, when a flock of geese stand vigil until her body is discovered by a kind stranger.

Norma Dunning’s masterful storytelling uses humour and incisive detail to create compelling characters who discover themselves in a hostile land where prejudice, misogyny and inequity are most often found hidden in plain sight. There, they must rely on their wits, artistic talent, senses of humour and spirituality­ for survival; and there, too, they find solace in shining moments of reconnection with their families and communities.

Dr. Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer as well as a scholar, researcher, professor and grandmother. Her short story collection Tainna: The Unseen Ones won the 2021 Governor General’s Award for literature, and her previous short story collection, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (University of Alberta Press, 2017), received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Howard O’Hagan Award for short stories and the Bronze Foreword INDIES Award for short stories. She lives in Edmonton, AB.

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