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The Lesser Blessed

(1996)
A novel by

 
The 20th-anniversary edition of Richard Van Camp's best-selling coming-of-age story, with a new introduction and story by the author

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 center of the sun. At sixteen, he loves Iron Maiden, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school "tramp."

In this powerful and very funny first novel, Richard Van Camp gives us one of the most original teenage characters in Canadian 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, and he's now being hunted and haunted by a pack of blue monkeys. But through his new friendship with Johnny, a Metis who just moved to town, he's now ready to face his memories - and his future.

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

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Used availability for Richard Van Camp's The Lesser Blessed


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Paperback Editions

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

September 1996 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: 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
thumbTitle: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

March 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Lesser Blessed
Author(s): Richard Van Camp
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

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


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