Kiss of the Fur Queen

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Fiction - 310 pages

"In his first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, noted playwright Tomson Highway tells the story of two Cree brothers who were severely abused at a Catholic residential school, and he uses the full transformative power of magic and myth, as well as a compelling traditional novel plot, to restore to them their dignity and, by implication, that of their people."—Toronto Globe and Mail

"Highway's novel vibrates with the force of the collision of two cultures, the long history of a people living at one with nature, and the violence of their enforced conversion to Christianity. Emotionally complex, witty, symphonic and sad, Kiss of the Fur Queen is a remarkable novel, filled with blood, guts, life and love."—Vancouver Sun


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"I found the story to be enjoyable, linear, and compelling. Both brothers were compassionate, intriguing, and unique. The prose is quiet and beautiful, the story is emotional and powerful. But as a ... Read full review

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The Kiss of the Fur Queen tells the story of the struggle to hold on to traditional culture and beliefs in a world of racism and discrimination. It is the story of two Cree brothers, renamed Jeremiah ... Read full review

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A Note on the Trickster
Allegro ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Allegretto grazioso
Molto agitato
Adagio espressivo
Presto con fuoco
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About the author (2008)

Tomson Highway was born December 6, 1951 in northwest Manitoba. He did not learn to speak English until he was six years old. In high school, he was considered to be a musical prodigy, and he later attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained degrees in both Music and English. Highway then spent two years at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music studying piano. He went on to study to be a concert pianist in London under William Aide He is best known for his plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which won him the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award. In addition to writing plays, he has worked as a producer, actor and stage manager. Before his career in theatre, he spent seven years working with Aboriginal organizations. His Native Performing Arts Company is Toronto's only professional Aboriginal theatre company. Highway's awards also include the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. In 1994, he was made a member of the Order of Canada. In 2000, Maclean's named him as one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history. In 2001, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of arts and culture.

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