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Sufferance: A Novel Paperback – May 17 2022

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"[D]azzling . . . Sufferance is a powerful reading experience, a combination of genres and narrative approaches so deftly blended the reader is forced off-balance at almost every turn. There are elements of a skilfully handled thriller, and a low-key, almost bucolic community narrative. It is a thoroughly political novel . . . which grows increasingly tense by turns, but with a sly wit and humour throughout. It is a novel of frustration and despair, leavened with an odd, and ultimately redeeming, sense of hope. How King manages not just to juggle all of these elements, but to resolve them in ways that are both entirely unexpected and completely satisfying, is a reminder of why he is one of Canada’s foremost writers. Sufferance is a novel entirely of its time — our time — with the timeless air of greatness.” — Toronto Star

“King is a master of so many genres. This novel fits right in with these fraught times that have shone a light on financial, racial and social inequality.”  — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“This rambling, satirical gem of a story is told by a curious narrator. . . . Small wonder King has talked about the many false steps he made over years in trying to get Sufferance into shape, the thoughts he has also expressed about his non-fiction work, The Inconvenient Indian—the two books that are arguably his finest." — Chatelaine

“The thought-provoking, intelligent and funny novel looks at privilege and power and the inequality it creates. . . . King’s portrayal of local government is an accurate one and the setting he creates allows the reader a glimpse into a part of our history that has caused unimaginable suffering. Sufferance is another excellent novel by Thomas King.” — Metroland Media

“This new satire from influential Indigenous writer King makes pointed social commentary (on issues ranging from reconciliation to living conditions on reserves) ridiculously entertaining. . . . The breezy but thought-provoking plot that ensues is as over the top as it is entirely plausible.”  — Zoomer Magazine

“King’s trademark mix of social commentary and fun.” — 49th Shelf

“King [writes] about Indigenous life with a sly touch, mingling joy and whimsy with more serious subjects, like land seizure and racism.” — Reader's Digest

About the Author

THOMAS KING is an award-winning writer and photographer. His critically acclaimed, bestselling books include Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; One Good Story, That One; Truth and Bright Water; A Short History of Indians in Canada; The Back of the Turtle (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction); The Inconvenient Indian (winner of the RBC Taylor Prize); Indians on Vacation; Sufferance;and the poetry collection 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin. A Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial (May 17 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1443463132
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1443463133
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 229 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.49 x 1.83 x 20.32 cm
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Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; two short story collections, One Good Story, That One (Minnesota, 2013) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (Minnesota, 2013); nonfiction, The Truth About Stories (Minnesota, 2005); and the children's books A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote's New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. King edited the literary anthology All My Relations and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, The Dead Dog Café. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. He has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph and is now retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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