Split Tooth

Split Tooth

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.

Title:Split Tooth
Edition Language:English
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    Split Tooth Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

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  • ??

    Tanya Tagaq is just such a goddamn gem. And I don't know what to even say about this book of hers.I feel like I didn't "understand" half of this book, because so much of it is written in lyrical poetr...

  • Meike

    Now also available in German: EisfuchsWhile listening to the audiobook, I was reminded of Björk, and then I found out that Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq has actually worked with her on Medúlla and ...

  • Ilana

    A Terrible Beauty(Another reviewer mentioned this book should contain a trigger warning for sexual abuse. I concur.) Should I put down my initial reactions to this book now I've just finished listenin...

  • Carolyn

    This book defies categorization, being unlike anything I have ever read. This is visceral storytelling. It has been long listed for the Giller Prize. The author, Tanya Tagaq, is an award winning Inuit...

  • Leah Grantham

    Truth be told, I don't care for about half of the Indigenous fiction or poetry that gets taken up by CanLit. It's often overly cloying, or tragedy porn, or written with a white audience in mind, or so...

  • Jacob Kolody

    This novel was filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and poetic prose, but in trying to present everything as beautifully as Tanya Tagaq did, all sense of a narrative was lost. When I finally clos...

  • Maria Zuppardi

    This audiobook was fantastic! Honestly, when I read the physical book I wasn't exactly too crazy about it, but listening to this audiobook, and Tanya herself reading her work and throat singing was ju...

  • Dan

    In Split Tooth, Tanya Tagaq blasts through boundaries between the natural and the supernatural, reality and fantasy, the present and the past, and humans and other animals. Split Tooth alternates betw...

  • Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)

    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 her...