Kiss of the Fur Queen

Kiss of the Fur Queen

Paperback - 2005
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Born into a magical Cree world in snowy northern Manitoba, Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are all too soon torn from their family and thrust into the hostile world of a Catholic residential school. Their language is forbidden, their names are changed to Jeremiah and Gabriel, and both boys are abused by priests.

As young men, estranged from their own people and alienated from the culture imposed upon them, the Okimasis brothers fight to survive. Wherever they go, the Fur Queen--a wily, shape-shifting trickster--watches over them with a protective eye. For Jeremiah and Gabriel are destined to be artists. Through music and dance they soar.
Publisher: Toronto :, Anchor Canada,, [2005]
Edition: Anchor Canada edition
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780385258807
Branch Call Number: FIC HIG
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm

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Jun 11, 2017

Entertaining tragicomedy.

brianreynolds Jul 28, 2014

Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen doesn’t break a sweat in its attempt to tell the tragic-comic story of two brothers caught in their transition from an isolated reserve to international prominence as concert pianist and ballet dancer. In the hands of a gifted artist, however, the story blossoms into a poignant plea for justice, a poem of remorse for a lost way of life, a warm and visceral chuckle at who we all are or pretend to be, and (not the least by far) a palpable sound and vision of places most of us will never get to see, never be privileged to endure except in print. Tapwee

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When Abraham Okimasis wins a major dog-sled race in the 1950s, part of his prize is a kiss from the young white winner of a local beauty pageant. This touch of white culture indelibly marks the lives of his sons, Jeremiah and Gabriel, who are taken from their family to be raised in a residential school far away.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 24, 2010

When Abraham Okimasis wins a major dog-sled race in the 1950s, part of his prize is a kiss from the young white winner of a local beauty pageant. This touch of white culture indelibly marks the lives of his sons, Jeremiah and Gabriel, who are taken from their family to be raised in a residential school far away.

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