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Tainna : The Unseen Ones, Short Stories

Tainna: The Unseen Ones, Short Stories

Norma Dunning
$19.95

 


Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunning’s characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada.

In Tainna—meaning “the unseen ones” and pronounced Da‑e‑nn‑a—a fraught reunion between sisters Sila and Amak ends in an uneasy understanding. From the spirit realm, Chevy Bass watches over his imperilled grandson, Kunak. And in the title story, the broken-hearted Bunny wanders onto a golf course on a freezing night, when a flock of geese stand vigil until her body is discovered by a kind stranger.

Norma Dunning’s masterful storytelling uses humour and incisive detail to create compelling characters who discover themselves in a hostile land where prejudice, misogyny and inequity are most often found hidden in plain sight. There, they must rely on their wits, artistic talent, senses of humour and spirituality­ for survival; and there, too, they find solace in shining moments of reconnection with their families and communities.


Prize(s): Winner Governor General’s Literary Awards (2021), Short-listed 2021 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award (2021), Short-listed Short Story Collection Award at the Alberta Literary Awards (2022), Short-listed ReLit Award (Short Fiction) (2022) 

“Dunning demonstrates considerable confidence in both her readers and her own skills, rarely slowing to explain, allowing the narrative to reveal connections and truths as it progresses.”

Quill and Quire

“Dunning’s tone throughout the book is candid and colloquial...each [short] story uses a slightly different voice, and that’s where we see the elegance in Dunning’s craft as a writer...raw and profound...Readers will quickly realize that Tainna is a work of real-life fiction. The characters may be fabricated but the stories are undoubtedly ones of many truths. Tainna will break your heart, mend it, and break it again.”

–Ciana Hamilton, Room Magazine

“[Tainna] hit me right in the heart… my body responds to reading these stories.”

–Angie Abdou, Daybreak Alberta on CBC Radio One

 


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771622714
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 160 pp
Publication Date: 27/03/2021
BISAC Subject(s): FIC029000-FICTION / Short Stories (single author),FIC059000-FICTION / Indigenous,FIC044000-FICTION / Women 

Description


Drawing on both lived experience and cultural memory, Norma Dunning brings together six powerful new short stories centred on modern-day Inuk characters in Tainna. Ranging from homeless to extravagantly wealthy, from spiritual to jaded, young to elderly, and even from alive to deceased, Dunning’s characters are united by shared feelings of alienation, displacement and loneliness resulting from their experiences in southern Canada.

In Tainna—meaning “the unseen ones” and pronounced Da‑e‑nn‑a—a fraught reunion between sisters Sila and Amak ends in an uneasy understanding. From the spirit realm, Chevy Bass watches over his imperilled grandson, Kunak. And in the title story, the broken-hearted Bunny wanders onto a golf course on a freezing night, when a flock of geese stand vigil until her body is discovered by a kind stranger.

Norma Dunning’s masterful storytelling uses humour and incisive detail to create compelling characters who discover themselves in a hostile land where prejudice, misogyny and inequity are most often found hidden in plain sight. There, they must rely on their wits, artistic talent, senses of humour and spirituality­ for survival; and there, too, they find solace in shining moments of reconnection with their families and communities.


Prize(s): Winner Governor General’s Literary Awards (2021), Short-listed 2021 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award (2021), Short-listed Short Story Collection Award at the Alberta Literary Awards (2022), Short-listed ReLit Award (Short Fiction) (2022) 

“Dunning demonstrates considerable confidence in both her readers and her own skills, rarely slowing to explain, allowing the narrative to reveal connections and truths as it progresses.”

Quill and Quire

“Dunning’s tone throughout the book is candid and colloquial...each [short] story uses a slightly different voice, and that’s where we see the elegance in Dunning’s craft as a writer...raw and profound...Readers will quickly realize that Tainna is a work of real-life fiction. The characters may be fabricated but the stories are undoubtedly ones of many truths. Tainna will break your heart, mend it, and break it again.”

–Ciana Hamilton, Room Magazine

“[Tainna] hit me right in the heart… my body responds to reading these stories.”

–Angie Abdou, Daybreak Alberta on CBC Radio One

 

Details


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771622714
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 160 pp
Publication Date: 27/03/2021
BISAC Subject(s): FIC029000-FICTION / Short Stories (single author),FIC059000-FICTION / Indigenous,FIC044000-FICTION / Women