Split Tooth by Tanya TagaqSplit Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Split Tooth

byTanya Tagaq

Hardcover | September 25, 2018

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Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize

From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you've ever read.


Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them.

A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.
TANYA TAGAQ is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer, and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision. Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and conte...
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Title:Split ToothFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.9 inPublished:September 25, 2018Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670070092

ISBN - 13:9780670070091

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! I love the way that Tanya uses both prose and poetry to tell her tale. It keeps the story flowing very well. Will definitely be recommending this to people. Love that this book ha s been long listed for Giller Prize. Hope it makes it to short list too, it has my vote. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will be recommending this to everyone. This book was really hard for me to read at first, because the author describes "tough subjects", difficult times. It was unlike anything else I have read. It was poetry, it was a novel; it was a journey. My father is Inuit and although I "lost" my status when I turned 19, because I "didn't have enough blood relatives/ancestry" I still identify as Inuit and I loved learning about the author's culture and history growing up. I believe everyone from all ethnicities, religions, etc should read this, and I will be recommending this to everyone at work. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-09-23