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The Lesser Blessed

(1996)
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A fresh, funny look at growing up Native in the North, by award-winning author Richard Van Camp.

Larry is a Dogrib Indian growing up in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. His tongue, his hallucinations and his fantasies are hotter than the sun. At 16, he loves Iron Maiden, the North, and Juliet Hope, the high school "tramp". When Johnny Beck, a Metis from Hay River, moves to town, Larry is ready for almost anything.

In this powerful and often very funny first novel, Richard Van Camp gives us one of the most original teenage characters in fiction. Skinny as spaghetti, nervy, and self-deprecating, Larry is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His past holds many terrors: an abusive father, blackouts from sniffing gasoline, an accident that killed several of his cousins. But through his friendship with Johnny, he's ready now to face his memories - and his future.

Marking the debut of an exciting new writer, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Native man in the age of AIDS, disillusionment with Catholicism, and a growing world consciousness.

A coming-of-age story that any fan of The Catcher in the Rye will enjoy.

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February 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
ISBN: 1-77162-113-3 / 978-1-77162-113-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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September 1996 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
ISBN: 1-55054-525-6 / 978-1-55054-525-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lesser Blessed: 20th Anniversary Special Edition
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Availability: Amazon CA