Dawn Dumont is a columnist for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the Regina Leader-Post, and Eagle Feather News. She has previously written for the Edmonton Journal and CBC Radio, and has worked as a stand-up comic across North America, including New York’s Comic Strip, the Comedy Club, the Improv, and Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s, and the Laugh Resort. She lives in Saskatoon.
Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan
‘Taz’ Mosquito are among the first of their families to live off the reserve for most of their adult lives, and must adapt and evolve. These 20 short stories interconnect the group’s friendships as the collection evolves over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s.
As well as developing her characters experimentally, Dumont carefully contrasts them, as we see in the fragile and uncertain Everett and the culturally strong and independent but reckless Taz. As the friends experience family catastrophes, broken friendships and the aftermath of 9/11, readers are intimately connected with the characters’ every struggle, whether it is with racism, isolation, finding their cultural identity, or repairing the wounds of their upbringing.