The Moon of Letting Go

The Moon of Letting Go

eBook - 2015
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Longlisted for the ReLit award Extending the tradition of Aboriginal storytelling, Richard Van Camp's new collection is eloquently and humorously optimistic. The stories in The Moon of Letting Go celebrate healing through modern day rituals that honour his Dogrib ancestry. Van Camp speaks in a range of powerful voices: a violent First Nations gangster has an astonishing spiritual experience, a single mother is protected from her ex by a dangerous medicine man, and a group of young men pay tribute to a friend by streaking through their northern town. The stories are set in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Vancouver and rural British columbia. They have been broadcast on the CBC, and appeared in anthologies, the Walrus, Prairie Fire, and other journals.

Publisher: Great Plains Publications

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GMG Oct 16, 2015

Very good read. I enjoyed the 'voices' of the characters. Van Camp, a Dene, uses authentic and humorous colloquial language through his characters. The author is a good storyteller and I will look for more of his books to read.

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Bookafterbook
Feb 09, 2014

This is my first Richard Van Camp book. I think he may be an acquired taste, however I did enjoy most of the stories and was definitely moved and inspired by some.

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tragedyinpants
Feb 22, 2011

Richard Van Camp is a wonderful storyteller. If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend it. That said, I could hear him narrating most of these stories while I read them, and those are the ones that made me smile and think a little more carefully about the things I take for granted. His stories are neat because they so expertly mix the familiar with the strange, and you remember how strange and wonderful your own life has been. I can't think of another author who inspires me more to tell my own stories and write down the stories that my parents and grandparents have told me.

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