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Split Tooth
Split Tooth | Tanya Tagaq
From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you've ever read. Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents' love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.
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xicanti
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From last night‘s #audiowalk.

SPLIT TOOTH is a strange and glorious fusion of the contemporary and the mythic. It reads like a traditional Inuit story set in the late 20th century, all brutal and beautiful and generous and otherworldly. The audiobook includes throat singing interludes, too, which add a lot to the overall effect.

Major TW for child sex abuse. There‘re some scenes that read like bestiality from a southern perspective, too.

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pigeonsandcrows
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#CoverCrush #7in7days

Set in the white, frozen North. The cover made it my first purchase of 2019 but I still haven't read it yet 😕

batsy Great cover and sounds super intense and interesting. 2mo
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lovelybookshelf
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It's time for the #24in48 #readathon! I'm starting off by finishing up SPLIT TOOTH by #Inuk #throatsinger Tanya Tagaq. I have only about an hour left, and let me just say, this #audiobook has been a listening experience unlike any other. 💙 #nativeauthor #canadianauthor #nunavut #poetry #prose #fiction #memoir #24in48readathon #throatsinging

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Auntynanny
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What a strange and beautiful book! I highly recommend it!

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mcctrish
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Mehso-so

Basically bizarre! Part poetry, part myth, part true, part fiction, it‘s beautiful and bleak and weird

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mcctrish
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Happy Mother‘s Day to all the Litsy moms out there ( this was the Mother‘s Day Art we made in grade 3 this past week) I hope you all get some reading time and some children time, whether they are big or small. We are driving my oldest ( who‘s been home from uni for 2 weeks) to his summer job ( at a summer camp on an island). I had him home for a wee bit of time ☺️they grow up fast

Stacypatrice Adorable artwork!! 6mo
mcctrish @Stacypatrice they all looked so great 6mo
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mcctrish
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Started this but really all I can think about is GoT and who left their cup in the scene

That-Bookish-Hiker I‘ve been seeing this all over the news and how everyone is freaking out about it. 😆 6mo
mcctrish I know, HBO has since edited the show 😂 6mo
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This was sad and weird and real and magical and a whole lot of other feels! The very real world of women growing up in an isolated community in the far north. Then the story takes a turn into the spirit world of ancestors and magic of the Land. I was enthralled, and hung off every word. My over all feeling is Awe that anyone can string these words together and create the prose and poetry found in this book. Lovely and brutal all at once⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lindy
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I blogged about my reading highlights in December: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2018/12/december-reading-round-up.html?m=1

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Lindy
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Our feet have built in memory of which tendons to curl to prevent falling on all different kind of ice.

(Photo: my back alley is nothing but ice.)

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We use a piece of cardboard on the floor as a table for feasting when there is a great raw chunk of frozen meat to be shared. A magnetic strip was bolted to the kitchen wall to hold the uluit.

(Internet photo.)

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Lindy
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We sipped the air. It was too cold to chug.

(My sister Zan took this photo of her front door.)

Tanisha_A I am like 😱 and 😍 at the same time. 11mo
Suet624 Beautiful quote and photo. 11mo
Soubhiville Wow that‘s cool! 11mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A @Suet624 @Soubhiville Thanks! Tagaq is very quotable. I‘ll pass your photo praise onto my sister. 😊❄️ 11mo
Bibliogeekery This picture is amazing! 11mo
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Kenny
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My Favorite Books of 2018

8. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq. This is that once-in-a-lifetime magic, filled with all my favorite things—poems, Jaime Hernandez art, heartbreakingly beautiful sentences. Fierce and tender, otherworldly in its perception, fully human in its execution. #BestBooks2018

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5🌟/5
A gritty, raw, but tender read. Not one I will forget!
WOW!! This book was incredible! I have never read anything quite like it! Tagaq explores such deep and haunting subject matter. I found I was unable to put it down. I think this story is one that hasnt been told before. And Tagaq did and wonderful job bringing it to light. Also her poetic prose were beautiful. It all flowed so well.

Freespirit Looks interesting😊 11mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Well, I should be reading Little Women for our next discussion episode, but I accidentally spotted SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq at the library this weekend and I‘ve been meaning to read it. It‘s a beautifully designed book with a mix of poetry, prose, and illustrations telling the story of a young girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970‘s. I‘m really fascinated by the storytelling here and can‘t wait to read more . -c

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shawnmooney
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Did 90% of this on audio and there was no possible way I could bring myself to endure the remainder. Tagaq‘s breathy, incantatory audio narration works so powerfully for the incantational pieces here and there, and the throat singing was to die for, but she never ever varies that tone and it drove me up the effing wall listening to the most prosaic details of these stories told to me as if they were shamanic prayers. I am done.

merelybookish Is it still a bail if you make it to 90 percent? 12mo
shawnmooney @merelybookish Yup. An extreme bail! 😂😂 12mo
LeahBergen “An extreme bail”! 😂😂 12mo
Wife I bailed too. The throat singing was bizarre to me. Some of it was like sound effects used for a demonic presence in movies. 😳 11mo
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Lindy
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There is a celebration when we bring the babies home. People come over and bring food. Auntie brings fresh muqtak and uujuq. There is baked char, fried char, frozen char, and dried char.

ReadingEnvy Hope you like char then... ;) 12mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It‘s obviously a favourite. 🐟😁 12mo
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Lindy
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Tuesday evening I venture with my dog out onto the tundra. The summer night is dusty and dry. The clouds make patterns that look like a Morse code warning: The summer will not last. This is life. Eat it now.

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Lindy
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A unique and poetic novel told in fragments — experiences — of an Inuit coming of age, from childhood through to motherhood, learning shamanism along the way. Gritty realism with fantastical touches. Debut author Tagaq is an internationally-known throat singer. #Indigenousbooks

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Lindy
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The lemmings are my favourite. After chasing and capturing them I hold each one in my cupped hands, singing to it until its heartbeat returns to normal cadence. I put them in my pockets. Don‘t put more than one in each pocket or they will start fighting. Not many creatures are good in overpopulated spaces. I have about six pockets in my windbreaker. Six lemmings a day keeps the doctor away.
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LauraBeth One of my favorite things about The New Yorker is their love for featuring lemmings in their cartoons. 12mo
Lindy @LauraBeth I didn‘t know that about The New Yorker. I must go off and google lemming cartoons now... 12mo
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After death my body is the newborn of inanimate objects. Maybe my minerals will come back quickly as a plant or insect. Maybe parts of me will become the Old Blood in millennia, the Old Blood we suck out of the earth to burn & destroy the surface, to burn & eviscerate the clouds. Leave the blood in her. Let the deep black of time stay where it belongs. Compressed & ancient, we force the Old Blood to work in the wrong time, at the wrong pressure.

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Lindy
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I realize that birds see in a completely different way than we humans do. We are slow and lumbering, our language is deep and muddy. Our confinement to the ground elicits pity. They look at us as we look upon the trees, slow but full of longevity. The trees look at the rocks that way. Rocks look at the mountains that way. Mountains look at the water that way. Earth looks at the sun that way. Everyone has an elder.

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Lindy
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The windows have garbage bags tacked over them for curtains and we lock the door by jamming a butter knife into the door frame. We stuff some socks into the hole where the doorknob used to be. We have some naphtha, gas, nail polish, rubber cement, and Wite-Out. It‘s a Bring Your Own Solvents party and I want to let the colours shine.

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Lindy
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This is one of our favourite games, hiding from the bylaw enforcement officer. His job is to drive around town and chase the kids home and shoot stray dogs. He wants us to be safe in bed. Are beds safe anyway?

kathedron She sings on Bjork's "Medulla" album, right? 12mo
Lindy @kathedron Yes, that‘s right. 12mo
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Lichen smells sweet. The green lichen smells different from black. In the spring you smell last fall‘s death and this year‘s growth, as the elder lichen shows the young how to grow.

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Nothing I‘d heard about this novel prepared me for how gobsmackingly powerful it is on audio so far. I have no idea how I would be relating to it purely as text; narrated by the author, complete with throat singing interludes between the pieces of writing, the audiobook is stunning!

Cinfhen #stacked!!!!! 12mo
Cinfhen Please don‘t bail....I don‘t think I could handle it 😘😘book sounds wayyyy too good 12mo
RachelO Wow. OK! 12mo
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Bibliogeekery
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This book was so intense! I listened to the audiobook read by the author and highly recommend it! Tanya Tagaq does her powerful signature throat singing between each chapter. This is a tale of growing up Inuk in the high North. There is beauty and raw violence woven into this book. Childhood recollections merge with spirit encounters and poetry. There is a lot of childhood sexual abuse so be cautious. A unique and powerful book!

DivineDiana Thank you for the warning. 13mo
Prairiegirl_reading I listened to the sample on audible because I am curious about this book but even that was triggering. 😢 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Prairiegirl_reading Aww, I totally get that. I had to take lots of breaks listening to it. Parts are quite disturbing. A fine one to skip if it's bringing too much up! 💖 13mo
Bibliogeekery @DivineDiana no problem. I always like to know what I'm getting myself into! 13mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha! Love it. I would just reverse it. Oh wait! Unless this is a LBGTQ book, then that‘s cool too! Bad ass women are more interesting than bad ass men, only bc we didn‘t see that much of them in a previously male dominated world...wow, I‘m making this very complex...I‘ll just go now... (edited) 13mo
Bibliogeekery @JanuarieTimewalker13 ha! Love the stream of consciousness! In the quote Tanya Tagaq is talking about a childhood friend the prompted her to be even more mischievous than she already was. I love where you went with it! Feminist analysis of badassery! 😍 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha!! Thank you!! You know, it‘s funny bc I thought about my best friend from 4th grade(we remain friends 45+ years later), and I would always talk her into doing bizarre things, which we, uncannily (is that a word?) got a way with...I may have to stack this one!! Our antics continued through high school...We dressed up in nightgowns ( I grabbed my mom‘s leopard one...lol ) and roller skated around the gas station where my other friend, Tim 13mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Worked...needless to say, HE got in trouble for having girls roller skating around gas pumps, but we skated free, so to speak...it was crazy stuff like that I would talk her into. 13mo
Bibliogeekery @JanuarieTimewalker13 I love the image of you two roller skating in nightgowns around the gas pump! You should write a short story about that one! 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Lol..yes, I really have a lot of stories. I wish I had kept a journal in those days!! 13mo
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Thanksgiving #audiobookwalk 🍁

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Kenny
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Tanya Tagaq‘s novel, Split Tooth, is that once-in-a-lifetime magic, filled with all my favorite things—poems, Jaime Hernandez art, heartbreakingly beautiful sentences. Fierce and tender, otherworldly in its perception, fully human in its execution. I need you to read this book. More pictures: https://twitter.com/kennycoble/status/1047576784483442689?s=21

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Up next! I'm listening to the author read this book. It's phenomenal so far! She does her amazing throat singing between chapters.

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