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January 2022 Canadian Fiction

The Colour of Glass
By (author): David Starr
David Starr


Ronsdale Press



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Paperback , Trade
Jun 03, 2022
Print Run: 500
$21.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0 in | 10 gr

Page Count:

320 pages
Ronsdale Press
FICTION / Historical / General
A string of trade beads is passed from generation to generation, from Captain Cook at Nootka Sound to a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry hearing in Northern British Columbia.   Through three hundred years of Canadian history, the beads bear witness to the story of a family who unwillingly play a central role in our collective record of assimilation, unbridled racism, colonialism, genocide-and of the ?rare acts of compassion and courage from the ?few settlers who saw injustice and risked their careers and even their lives- to end it. 
Based on, and heavily inspired by, real events and real people, The Colour of Glass is a work of fiction. It chronicles the relationship between Indigenous people and the fur traders, politicians, judges, police, priests and school staff who looked to profit from, assimilate, or eradicate Indigenous people and their cultures, and it lays open the costs of those actions; costs we are still paying today. 
The Colour of Glass is an unflinching account of three centuries of contact. It speaks uncomfortable and difficult truths about Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people, but it also speaks to the hope that with truth there will come understanding-and ultimately reconciliation. 

DAVID STARR is the prize-winning author of six previous books, including Ronsdale's The Nor'Wester (2017) and The King's Shilling (2018). He is the past winner of the Province's "Serial Thriller" writing competition, and was an education columnist for the Chinese language paper WC Weekly. David Starr is a high school principal, who lives in Coquitlam, B.C. Visit him at www.davidstarr.org.

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