Annie Muktuk and Other Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Dunning, Norma
Series: Robert Kroetsch
Subject:  FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: The University of Alberta Press
Published: June 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 9.00in x 5.25in x 0.51in
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From The Publisher*I woke up with Moses Henry's boot holding open my jaw and my right eye was looking into his gun barrel. I heard the slow words, "Take. It. Back." I know one thing about Moses Henry; he means business when he means business. I took it back and for the last eight months I have not uttered Annie Mukluk's name. In strolls Annie Mukluk in all her mukiness glory. Tonight she has gone traditional. Her long black hair is wrapped in intu'dlit braids. Only my mom still does that. She's got mukluks, real mukluks on and she's wearing the old-style caribou parka. It must be something her grandma gave her. No one makes that anymore. She's got the faint black eyeliner showing off those brown eyes and to top off her face she's put pretend face tattooing on. We all know it'll wash out tomorrow. - from "Annie Muktuk" When Sedna feels the urge, she reaches out from the Land of the Dead to where Kakoot waits in hospital to depart from the Land of the Living. What ensues is a struggle for life and death and identity. In "Kakoot" and throughout this audacious collection of short stories, Norma Dunning makes the interplay between contemporary realities and experiences and Inuit cosmology seem deceptively easy. The stories are raucous and funny and resonate with raw honesty. Each eye-opening narrative twist in Annie Muktuk and Other Stories challenges readers' perceptions of who Inuit people are.
From The Publisher*Fifteen Inuit stories portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters.
Review Quote*"Dunning's stories, nuanced and deeply felt, reach deep into the heart of what it means to be Inuit, into the sacred place where the songs of the north are still sung, visions are still seen, and the spirits still speak. From this place, it is possible to laugh at those who come to destroy. From this place, dignity is maintained and the connection to the turning of the seasons is unbroken. Together with grief for what has been lost, there is power and light in these stories." [Full review at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/annie-muktuk-and-other-stories/]
Review Quote*"When I read the article, 'What inspired her was getting mad,' about the story behind Norma Dunning's debut collection, Annie Mukluk and Other Stories, I was not surprised. Acts of justice and revenge factor throughout the book, propelling the stories so terrifically. Dunning wrote her stories in response to ethnographic representations of Inuit people that neglected to show them as actual people, and the result is a book that's really extraordinary. Because her people are so real, people who laugh, and joke, and drink, and have sex (and they have a lot of sex)." [Full post at http://picklemethis.com/2017/08/02/annie-muktuk-and-other-stories-by-norma-dunning]
Review Quote*"Although [Dunning] deals with serious contemporary realities for Inuit people, she manages to work in moments of humour that flesh out her characters, making them fully realized and complex."
Review Quote*# 10 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, September 24, 2017
Review Quote*# 6 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, October 01, 2017
Review Quote*# 10 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, October 22, 2017
Review Quote*"A successful short story takes us to unfamiliar places, and the 16 stories in this collection certainly fill that bill. It's a journey deep into Inuit life, with tales of Inuk of all shapes, genders and ages. The title story is at turns funny, violent and cunning: Jimmy tries to convince best friend Moses to stay away from the glorious Annie Muktuk, an arnaluk (naughty woman, according to the glossary) who will cause him grief. [Full article at https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2017/11/24/new-reads-for-short-story-lovers.html]
Review Quote*"This whole collection is fantastic, but the story with the bad trip is 'Husky', inspired by the life of trapper and HBC Factor "Husky" Harris whose visit to Winnipeg with his three Inuit wives, Tetuk, Alaq and Keenaq, is written about in history books. In the story, naturally, the group and their children make an impression at their hotel, and the racism of hotel staff leads to a fight that lands Husky in the hospital. The violence doesn't end there and the women are further victimized-but then they enact the most beautiful justice." [Full article at https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2017/08/14/The-13-Worst-Holidays-in-Canadian-Literature]