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WINNER: Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

WINNER: Amazon First Novel Awards

Finalist: Scotiabank Giller Prize

Finalist: Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Prize

Finalist: BC & Yukon Book Prize

Shortlist: Indigenous Voices Awards

Finalist: Kobo Emerging Author Prize

National Best Seller; A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year; A CBC Best Book of the Year; An Apple Best Book of the Year; A Kobo Best Book of the Year; An Indigo Best Book of the Year

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention.

Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn’t want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission.

Fuelled by rage and furious with God, Clara finds her way into the dangerous, highly charged world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalizes her pain and continually places herself in dangerous situations. Famous for his daring escapes from the school, Kenny can’t stop running and moves restlessly from job to job—through fishing grounds, orchards and logging camps—trying to outrun his memories and his addiction. Lucy finds peace in motherhood and nurtures a secret compulsive disorder as she waits for Kenny to return to the life they once hoped to share together. After almost beating one of his tormentors to death, Howie serves time in prison, then tries once again to re-enter society and begin life anew.

With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward. 

©2020 Michelle Good (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angela Nelson-Heesch
  • 2021/07/20

Read it yourself.

The story is powerful but the performance gets in the way and makes it hard to get lost in it. It’s a barrier to feeling the emotions that the author evokes

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Troy
  • 2021/11/15

Actualized Residential School Reality

Such a beautifully written novel. Really actualized residential school life in a tangible way for this settler. I fell in love and became deeply invested in each and ever child’s journey. I highly recommend this book .

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Dixie67
  • 2021/10/17

A worthy subject left underexposed

Surface level character exploration ad nauseum leaving the subject matter virtually untreated but maybe that's my social sciences background talking because many readers loved it

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Admac
  • 2021/10/08

Emotional and gripping

Emotional storytelling, really got caught up with the characters lives. Very easy to listen to (sometimes seemed incredibly simple but the writing is exact) but my main issue was with the narrator - I couldn't distinguish between the different voices, especially at times when there was more than one character in a scene.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • WJ
  • 2021/08/16

Heartbreak and Hope

Heartbreak [and anger] about so much abuse of children simply stolen from their families. And the lifelong trauma they carry into their adult lives. But also hope as they find friendship and build their adult lives.

Historic fiction - fictional characters, true history of First Nation children stolen from their families to be 'educated' [and abused] in state schools, to drill western mindsets,[and trauma].