Rupert's Land

Rupert's Land

A Novel

Book - 2013
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At the height of the Great Depression, two Prairie children struggle with poverty and uncertainty. Surrounded by religion, law, and her authoritarian father, Cora Wagoner daydreams about what it would be like to abandon society altogether and join one of the Indian tribes she's read so much about.

Saddened by struggles with Indian Agent restrictions, Hunter George wonders why his father doesn't want him to go to the residential school. As he too faces drastic change, he keeps himself sane with his grandmother's stories of W#65533;sahkec#65533;hk .

As Cora and Hunter sojourn through a landscape of nuisance grounds and societal refuse, they come to realize that they exist in a land that is simultaneously moving beyond history and drowning in its excess.

Publisher: Edmonton : NeWest Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781927063361
1927063361
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 23 cm

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Set in the 1930s, the book explores the lives of two teens living in and near Settler, Alberta. Cora is a white, towngirl who befriends Hunter, a First Nations boy living on a nearby reserve. The upbringing of the two characters provide a stark contrast - especially the narrative concerning Hunte... Read More »

The lives of two young adults living in Depression-era Alberta represent Canada's predominate attitudes towards its Aboriginal population. Meredith Quartermain was VPL's 2012 Writer in Residence.


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