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by Sara Tilley
The sharply realized scenes in Skin Room, Sara Tilley's remarkable debut novel, alternate between Sanikiluaq, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), and St. John's, Newfoundland; between 12-year-old Teresa Norman's crash into Inuit culture and her later life as a 23-year-old adult in the harrowing final phase of coping with the tragedy of her year in Sanikiluaq. She is an in ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Pedlar Press
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Skin Room is a remarkable novel. Vividly and intensely written, if a bit claustrophobic. After a while I felt trapped, like I was stuck in an elevator with someone who couldn't stop whining about how lousy her life is. But Teresa's plight certainly draws the reader's sympathy, and once you get past the complaints, her story becomes engaging. Individual scenes and episodes are memorable and stand out. All in all, a excellent first book by a very talented writer.