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Split Tooth

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Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
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Sep 24, 2019 | ISBN 9780143198055

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Audiobook finalist for the 2019 Audie Awards (Literary Fiction & Classics category)
WINNER of the 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Prose Fiction
SHORTLISTED for the 2019 Amazon First Novel Award
SHORTLISTED for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

“Tagaq’s surreal meld of poetry and prose transmutes the Arctic’s boundless beauty, intensity, and desolation into a wrenching contemporary mythology.”
—The New Yorker

“Though the protagonist’s coming-of-age story, generously and lovingly documented by Tagaq, is the anchor, Split Tooth is not a book that can be fully absorbed in one sitting. It’s possible to sink deeper and deeper into the narrative with each successive reading. Like a smirking teenager, Split Tooth blithely gives typical literary expectations the finger, daring us to see and experience narrative as chaotic, emotional, and deeply instinctive. And it succeeds.”
—Quill and Quire

“A raw, powerful voice breathes fresh air into traditional Inuit folklore to create a modern tale of mythological proportions.”

“Tanya’s book is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever read. It’s deeply profound, emotional and personal, and furthers her artistic experimentation and genius into a new realm. I love her even more after reading it, and I’m once again awed by her talent.”
—Jesse Wente, CBC Broadcaster

“[Split Tooth] straddles the line between memoir and fiction, prose and poetry, magic and harsh reality. . . [and] is infused with Tagaq’s intimate knowledge of life in the Arctic.”
Oprah Magazine

[A] forceful coming-of-age tale.”
—Toronto Life magazine

“[Split Tooth is] one of the best things I’ve ever read. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The last two pages of her book are just this whole beautiful piece about: I don’t want to forgive. But I forgive myself. I’ll pick it up every once in a while just to read that.”
—Elliot Page

“In [Tanya Tagaq]’s forthcoming novel, Split Tooth, there’s a chapter called “Ritual” that is such a distillation of childhood magic and refuge that it made me feel like I was reading Tove Jansson or Roald Dahl for the first time.”
—Sean Michaels, Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author of Us Conductors

“An ambitious and acrobatic blend of memoir, fiction, poetry, and dream journals.”

“Tanya Tagaq has written a book that should re-arrange the reader’s mind and very being in her astounding Split Tooth. She uses the narrative arc of a coming of age story to tell of coming of age in a northern, indigenous community that includes close experience of abuse, village violence, colonial exploitation, and also close kin ties, birth, death, a knowing of how we are really fed, an awareness of how small life can be, and how large … I look forward to putting this book in people’s hands.”
—Rick Simonson, owner of Elliott Bay Book Company

“[Split Tooth] boldly and cohesively mixes memoir, traditional folk tales, poetry and fiction to depict the humiliations and hilarities of coming-of-age, the formidable power of Nunavut’s landscape, the resilience of women … The book is like nothing I’ve ever read before, exhilarating in its carnality, experimentation, vulnerability and wisdom.”
Now Magazine

“Neither fully autobiography nor fiction, Split Tooth is brutal, beautiful literary magic.”
Exclaim Magazine

“Tagaq’s genre-defying work establishes her as a careful, gifted wordsmith” —Publishers Weekly
“Split Tooth is both fractured and direct, horrible and beautiful, so surreal in its reality, so real in its surreality…Tagaq’s writing is both weighted down in the troubled, material world while also being free to explore the ageless, phantasmagorical world that exists behind it. There are realities that exist beyond our own, and they are all gathered and explored here.”

“In simplest terms, Split Tooth is a punch to the throat…a stellar first novel; an incredible work of Canadian, indigenous, and world literatures.”

Tagaq has broken a new trail for all future Inuit writers to tread upon, describing the lived world of an Inuk child with writing that is breathtaking and singular…With this work Tagaq has reshaped what Inuit literature is… it is impossible to stop reading. It is delicious. And offers a new way forward for Inuit authors.”
Inuit Art Quarterly


Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Prose Fiction WINNER 2018

Indigenous Voices Award – Published Prose in English WINNER 2019

Amazon Canada First Novel Award SHORTLIST 2019

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize SHORTLIST 2019

Scotiabank Giller Prize LONGLIST 2018

Sunburst Award For Excellence In Canadian Literature Of The Fantastic LONGLIST 2019

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