Permanent Astonishment

By Tomson Highway,

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1 author picked Permanent Astonishment as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is a beautifully written memoir by a prominent First Nations writer and theatre creator. I was left with so many stunning images of life on the land, of growing up in the North, of growing up in a healthy and loving family.

The book changes every preconception you have about First Nations communities and culture. It doesn’t have a narrative or chronological arc, rather it’s like a series of short stories – anecdotes that become almost Thuberesque in their idiosyncratic characters.

At a time when we are trying to come to grips with the legacy of residential schools, the…

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