Born With A Tooth

Born With A Tooth

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Before internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden penned his bestselling novel Three Day Road and his Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel, Through Black Spruce, he published a powerful collection of thirteen stories about modern Aboriginal life that made readers and reviewers take notice. These stories of love, loss, rage and resilience match virtuosic style with clever wit to turn stereotypes on their head and reveal the traditions and grace of our First Peoples. Readers come to know a butterfly-costumed boy fascinated by the world of professional wrestling, a young woman who falls in love with a wolf, to the leader of an all-girl Native punk band and Painted Tongue, the unforgettable character from Through Black Spruce. Though each story is told in a different and distinct voice, they are all united by their captivating vitality, nuanced perceptions and vigorous prose.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. :, Cormorant Books
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780143189718
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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DaveOakBay Sep 28, 2014

Loved it. Boyden is a great storyteller who write convincingly as one who has lived with real characters like those he's created for these short pieces. There's a sense of harsh reality with no blame or judgement added. I appreciate his perspective on native culture and his incredible talent for showing the very human qualities of even those brought to desperate places none should ever have to visit.

brianreynolds Jan 28, 2012

It's easy to overdose on a collection of short stories, and it's hard to fairly judge one as a "book" when its form intends not to be greater than the sum of its parts. Its parts, in fact, ought to be wholes (although the final four tales overlap quite nicely) and should only be approached as such.

A few of the stories fairly glowed with a magic realism that many Ininew would no doubt appreciate but few if any would admit to experiencing today. Others portray a degradation that is hardly balanced or representative. That is not to suggest, Boyden disrespects the people of James Bay; he obviously identifies with and cares deeply about them.

Most of the stories are well told and interesting, a few may be brilliant. Others were disappointing.

Dec 17, 2010

"Born With A Tooth" one of Joseph Boyden's first published books. It is a compilation of short stories about the lives of native people in northern communities (James Bay area). It is very well written, funny and sad at the same time. I recommend it.

Apr 28, 2010

I have never been a fan of short stories but I love this author so I thought I would give it a try. I still don't care for short stories but the author didn't let me down.. Some of the stories in this collection were wonderful and some just didn't interest me at all but they were all written with the same unique Joseph Boyden style that I enjoy reading. If you enjoy reading about very Canadian concepts and places (specifically Ontario) or if you loved the style of this author's previous two books, then you should invest some time in this collection. (

Sep 24, 2009

Great short stories about northern Ontario and it's people. He uses some of the same characters from his other books.

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