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Moccasin Square Gardens : short stories

Author: Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves ("The Camel Clutch"), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or "Sky People," love, lust and prayers for peace. While this is Van Camp's most hilarious short story collection, it's also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Van Camp, Richard, 1971-
Moccasin Square Gardens.
Madeira Park, British Columbia : Douglas & McIntyre, 2019
(OCoLC)1083218061
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Van Camp
ISBN: 9781771622165 1771622164
OCLC Number: 1083218077
Description: 160 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Aliens --
Super Indians --
Wheetago war I : lying in bed together --
Wheetago war II : summoners --
The promise --
Man babies --
I am filled with a trembling light --
Ehtsèe/Grandpa --
Knock knock --
I have to trust.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Richard Van Camp.

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"The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves ("The Camel Clutch"), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or "Sky People," love, lust and prayers for peace. While this is Van Camp's most hilarious short story collection, it's also haunted by the lurking presence of the Wheetago, human-devouring monsters of legend that have returned due to global warming and the greed of humanity. The stories in Moccasin Square Gardens show that medicine power always comes with a price. To counteract this darkness, Van Camp weaves a funny and loving portrayal of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene and other communities of the North, drawing from oral history techniques to perfectly capture the character and texture of everyday small-town life. "Moccasin Square Gardens" is the nickname of a dance hall in the town of Fort Smith that serves as a meeting place for a small but diverse community. In the same way, the collection functions as a meeting place for an assortment of characters, from shamans and time-travelling goddess warriors to pop-culture-obsessed pencil pushers, to con artists, archivists and men who just need to grow up, all seeking some form of connection."--

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