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.

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