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Hunter's Daughter Paperback – March 1, 2015
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This is by far the best book I have received through Library Thing's Early Reviewers'program. I enjoyed this story from the very start to the end. The culture clash, while set in this story in the 1960s is just as real today in places where native peoples have no way of understanding the ways of the ruling culture.
--Library Thing Early Reviewers
Congratulations on a real winner. A very interesting book set in a fascinating place. And a bold experiment in narrative style.
--Nate Briggs, Kindle Book Review
About the Author
Nowick Gray has contributed short fiction and essays to a variety of periodicals and anthologies since 1976, when he received his MA in Canadian literature from the University of Victoria. His first book-length literary publication, the time-loop adventure novella Rendezvous, was released in 2013, followed by three more titles in 2014: PsyBot, a speculative novel of virtual reality, and two collections of shorter works infused with magic realism, Strange Love / Romance Not For Sale and My Country: Essays and Stories From the Edge of Wilderness.
Much of Nowick's writing draws from his two decades homesteading in the interior mountains of British Columbia. Other adventures include teaching for three years in Quebec Inuit villages--an experience from which Hunter's Daughter arose--and indulging a lasting passion for West African drumming, as a student, teacher and performer. Nowick currently works as afreelance copy editor and makes his home in Victoria, BC, with winter travels in warmer locations.
Connect with Nowick through social media like Facebook or Twitter, or through his writings website, NowickGray.com
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Sections narrated in first person by Jack McLain alternate with third-person chapters related from the point of view of Nilliq. This is entirely appropriate, since the author is a white man whose experience of the North was several years of teaching in Quebec Inuit villages. He does not presume to speak with the voice of an Inuit woman, but makes a great effort to represent her culture accurately. All other characters are seen through the eyes of these two; in some cases the same events and people. Rather than repetitious, I found these reiterations helpful in solidifying my understanding of events and relationships.
McLain and Nilliq are people in transition. He knows his term of service is coming to an end, due to imminent bureaucratic changes. Disillusioned with trying to administer justice in a rapidly changing and idiosyncratic cultural situation, but without any solid prospects elsewhere, McLain is a somewhat sad figure, an intelligent and well-meaning individual who too easily sees the dark side of things, but with a fundamental love for the northern way of life. Nilliq teeters on the edge of womanhood, increasingly aware of the exploitation of women by the men around them, and longing for wider horizons. Opposing them and one another are the enigmatic hunter and shaman who calls himself Wallin, although he also has other names, and the menacing figure of Nilliq’s father Sandlak.
The prose is spare and direct, tracing the narrative in a linear way, but permitting the characters to show background complexities in their interactions and conversations, finally taking the reader to a point where the issue of the murders is largely resolved, allowing the main characters to move on to new situations.
Hunter’s Daughter is a tale well told, with special relevance and interest at this time when many Canadians are trying to learn more about their country’s native peoples.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, with no expectation of a review.
Wallin from Post-de-la-Baleine (town, Kuujjuarapik, Poce-Balen) stopped & rested his team of dogs.
He had been out in/on the icy tundra.
Nilliq invited him in to her snowhouse.
The 2 of them headed to Wallin’s (aka Charlie Tariq) house in Poste where she met his father Sandlak (hunter).
Sandlak shared their family history with Aiti.
What later happened to Matthesie Konik?
Pootoolik (Pingousi’s father) mentioned Sandlak’s (hunter) name.
Corporal Jack McClain (RCMP) is doing an investigation.
What did Quingak (Dinut’s brother) know?
George (Bay mgr.) & Jack were trying to piece the Townsend Bay hunting camp mystery together.
Jimmy Natsik (Inuk Police, guide) drove the team of dogs for Jack. The 2 seemed to know who the culprit was.
Wallin & Nilliq were out in the middle of nowhere ice fishing.
Col-de-Corbeau (town). Why did Wallin go see Father Tomlin?
Will Corporal McClain (RCMP) solve the crimes?
Spam had to eat that crap when I was a kid, never again I guarantee you!
My only suggestion would be for you to have put at the beginning or the end of who’s who & description of your characters. Your different description of them a lot was kind of hard to follow.
Geography & other
Niviaqtuq: seal mother
Nananga: Nilliq’s grandfather
Pingousi: Aiti’s father
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written historical cultural fiction book. It wasn’t always very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great mystery who-dun-it murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Five Rivers Publishing; Author; PDF book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)