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category: Fiction
published: Mar 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

A Perfect Likeness

Two Novellas

by Richard Wagamese, foreword by Waubgeshig Rice

tagged: native american & aboriginal, magical realism, supernatural, cultural heritage, short stories (single author)

Celebrated author Richard Wagamese artfully crafts these thrilling yet vulnerable stories of two young men trying to find their place in the world.

The volume brings together two previously published novellas by Richard Wagamese, Him Standing and The Next Sure Thing, with a foreword from author Waubgeshig Rice. Both stories follow the lives of young men who have dreams for a better future. In their search for fame and fortune, Cree Thunderboy and Lucas Smoke end up on paths where their biggest challenge is staying true to themselves.

In Him Standing, Lucas Smoke learns the art of carving from his grandfather. He discovers that he is a natural; he can literally make people come to life in wood. But when Lucas is asked to carve a spirit mask by a mysterious stranger, he quickly learns that his skill with a knife could cost him his dreams.

In The Next Sure Thing, Cree Thunderboy has two things he does well: playing blues guitar and picking winning horses at the track. Picking winners is just meant to be a means to an end—Cree's goal is to make his living playing the blues. He meets a powerful man at the racetrack who convinces him he can parlay his special skill with the horses into a shot at the fame and fortune he seeks.

About the Authors

Richard Wagamese, an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation, was one of Canada’s foremost writers. His bestselling novels include Indian Horse, which earned an array of awards and was made into a feature film. He was also the author of highly praised memoirs and personal reflections, such as Embers and One Story, One Song, winner of the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Wagamese’s work was recognized with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Matt Cohen Award. He died in 2017 in Kamloops, BC.

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation.

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