Synopses & Reviews
"[Naomi Fontaine] writes in the same tradition as Native writers such as Thomas King and Louise Erdrich."?Le Devoir
Kuessipan ("to you" in the Innu language) is an extraordinary, meditative novel about life among the Native Innu people in the wilds of the Canadian North. With grace and perfect pitch, Naomi Fontaine conjures up a world that reads like no other, and a community?of nomadic hunters and fishers, of mothers and children?that endures a harsh, sometimes cruel reality with quiet dignity.
Naomi Fontaine is a member of the Innu First Nation. Kuessipan, her first novel, is based on her own experience.
"A fascinating, complex portrait of life on Innu First Nations reserve in Canada." —Bustle
"Fontaine's layered images of Innu life are full of human depth, including also struggle, pride, joy, and love. It is not a romanticized view, but contextualized, with an intelligence that keeps the story engaging ... In the end, it is a story of strength and of hope, which are intimately entwined."
—Montreal Review of Books
A fictionalized, meditative chronicle of life among the Innu, a Native tribe in rural northeastern Quebec.
About the Author
Naomi Fontaine is a member of the Innu First Nation in the province of Quebec, from Uashat, a community with a population less than 5,000. She was an education student when she wrote Kuessipan
, her first novel, which she based on her own experience.
David Homel was born and raised in Chicago in 1952. He has been a journalist, editor, literary translator, and teacher, and has won numerous awards for translation, including the Governor Generals Award for Literature, Canadas highest literary honor. His translations include The World is Moving around Me by Dany Laferriere, and The Last Genet by Hadrien Laroche.