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The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
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Aug 30, 2010

it was amazing

Richard Van Camp is not a widely-read author at this point in his developing literary career, but this short novel is a vivid, searing account of growing up native in rural Canada. I admire this book because of the unabashed intensity of the content and the clarity of the descriptions; the result is that it comes across as honest, unaffected, and tremendously powerful. The story is told from the point of the main character, Larry Sole, a teenager who is a member of the Dogrib Nation, and we see through his eyes and feel through his growth the effects of death, physical/sexual abuse, homicide, neglect, drug use, racism, poverty, and physical illness. It is a cutting, uncluttered account.
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