Glass Beads

Glass Beads

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"These stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people spanning over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 1990s and early 2000s."--
Publisher: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan :, Thistledown Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771871280
9781771871273
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Follows the lives of a quartet of Indigenous friends from youth to adulthood. Undercurrent of danger and contemporary world events display the experience of growing up native in the time of Canada’s Highway of Tears, police hostility, prison over-representation, suicide and violence. I did find t... Read More »

Adult. These short stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people — Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan (Taz) Mosquito — as the collection evolves over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s. Gla... Read More »


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Sep 25, 2018

First I have to say what a marvelous cover this book has. Wow--does it ever capture the experiences of the main character as she crosses into different segments of society. Beautiful artwork.

I didn't realize until halfway through the book that each chapter was a different story that was well placed behind the chapter in front of it. I see now that the title says GLASS BEADS Stories. I was happy that it had a lot of dialogue, although I was exhausted by the very extensive use of the word f*****. It just wore me down. The experience of these girls throughout their lives was eye opening and to me discouraging, but I was glad to see whenever they overcame obstacles in their lives. This is a book definitely worth reading.

SPL_Shauna Aug 09, 2018

*Glass Beads* is a near-perfect little book. It's got the frame of a saga - following two couples from their early years on a reservation, through college, and into their adult years. But, it's under 300 pages, and reads like lightning. And, it's jam-packed with all the drama you'd expect when you follow two couples whose histories are so intimately intertwined.

But, far from being a simple, dishy read, *Glass Beads* is also a gritty, beautifully crafted rendering of the lives of Indigenous youth in the 90s and aughts. It grapples with the legacy of colonialism with a fearless elegance and intersectional sensibility. *Glass Beads* is a great pick for a vacation, a book club, or as a virtuous yet dishy distraction.

shokolit Sep 16, 2017

The story of friendship between two aboriginal friends: Nellie and Julie and their boyfriends. The story spans over 2 decades. Its a beautiful, somewhat sad, story, well written and definitely worth reading.

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