Avenue of Champions (FNCR 2022)

Nightwood EditionsSKU: 9780889714182

Author:
Conor Kerr
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
224
Publisher:
Nightwood Editions
Copyright Data:
2021

Price:
Sale price$21.95

Description

Daniel is a young Métis man searching for a way to exist in a world of lateral violence, intergenerational trauma and systemic racism. Facing obstacles of his own at every turn, he observes and learns from the lived realities of his family members, friends, teachers and lovers. He finds hope in the inherent connection of Indigenous Peoples to the land, and the permanence of culture, language and ceremony in the face of displacement.

Set in Edmonton, this story considers Indigenous youth in relation to the urban constructs and colonial spaces in which they survive—from violence, whitewashing, trauma and racism to language revitalization, relationships with Elders, restaking land claims and ultimately, triumph. Based on Papaschase and Métis oral histories and lived experience, Conor Kerr’s debut novel will not soon be forgotten.

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