Kiss of the Fur Queen

Kiss of the Fur Queen

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"In his first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen , noted playwright Tomson Highway tells the story of two Cree brothers who were severely abused at a Catholic residential school, and he uses the full transformative power of magic and myth, as well as a compelling traditional novel plot, to restore to them their dignity and, by implication, that of their people."-- Toronto Globe and Mail

"Highway's novel vibrates with the force of the collision of two cultures, the long history of a people living at one with nature, and the violence of their enforced conversion to Christianity. Emotionally complex, witty, symphonic and sad, Kiss of the Fur Queen is a remarkable novel, filled with blood, guts, life and love."-- Vancouver Sun

Publisher: Norman, Okla. : Univ. of Oklahoma, 2008.
ISBN: 9780806139333
0806139331
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 23 cm

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EucaryaM
Jun 11, 2021

“There were many bloody period in human history, many of them occurring right here in North America.”

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rclane
May 08, 2021

As long as one is ready for some raw language and a jarring mix of narrative tones, this is a striking, affecting story; the family relationships are strong, street scenes are savage, history is traumatic, and yet moments of sweetness to get one through.

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mclarjh
Jun 11, 2017

Entertaining tragicomedy.

brianreynolds Jul 28, 2014

Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen doesn’t break a sweat in its attempt to tell the tragic-comic story of two brothers caught in their transition from an isolated reserve to international prominence as concert pianist and ballet dancer. In the hands of a gifted artist, however, the story blossoms into a poignant plea for justice, a poem of remorse for a lost way of life, a warm and visceral chuckle at who we all are or pretend to be, and (not the least by far) a palpable sound and vision of places most of us will never get to see, never be privileged to endure except in print. Tapwee

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When Abraham Okimasis wins a major dog-sled race in the 1950s, part of his prize is a kiss from the young white winner of a local beauty pageant. This touch of white culture indelibly marks the lives of his sons, Jeremiah and Gabriel, who are taken from their family to be raised in a residential school far away.

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When Abraham Okimasis wins a major dog-sled race in the 1950s, part of his prize is a kiss from the young white winner of a local beauty pageant. This touch of white culture indelibly marks the lives of his sons, Jeremiah and Gabriel, who are taken from their family to be raised in a residential school far away.

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