Manikanetish

Manikanetish

Written by: Fontaine, Naomi
Translated by: von Flotow, Luise

In Naomi Fontaine’s Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, a young teacher’s return to her remote Innu community transforms the lives of her students through the redemptive power of art, reminding us of the importance of hope in the face of despair.

After fifteen years of exile, Yammie, a young Innu woman, returns to her home in the Uashat nation on Quebec’s North Shore. She has come back to teach language and drama at the community’s school, but finds a community stalked by despair. Yammie will do anything to rescue her students. When she accepts a position directing the end-of-year play, she sees an opportunity for the youth to take charge of themselves.

In writing both spare and polyphonic, Naomi Fontaine honestly portrays a year of Yammie’s teaching and of the lives of her students, dislocated, abandoned, and ultimately, possibly, triumphant.

In Naomi Fontaine’s Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, a young teacher’s return to her remote Innu community transforms the lives of her students through the redemptive power of art, reminding us of the importance of hope in the face of despair.

After fifteen years of exile, Yammie, a young Innu woman, returns to her home in the Uashat nation on Quebec’s North Shore. She has come back to teach language and drama at the community’s school, but finds a community stalked by despair. Yammie will do anything to rescue her students. When she accepts a position directing the end-of-year play, she sees an opportunity for the youth to take charge of themselves.

In writing both spare and polyphonic, Naomi Fontaine honestly portrays a year of Yammie’s teaching and of the lives of her students, dislocated, abandoned, and ultimately, possibly, triumphant.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - Sep 28, 2021
Specifications 112 pages | 5.25 in x 8 in

PRAISE FOR NAOMI FONTAINE AND MANIKANETISH

Finalist, Governor General’s Literary Award

Finalist, ICI-Radio Canada Combat des livres

Finalist, Geneva Book Fair Audience Award


“A story of lived experience in which serene language and sensitively drawn images come together in short chapters like a succession of small touches of paint on a canvas.” — Le Devoir

“Here is a novel of courage, of surpassing oneself, and of resilience. This is a profoundly moving, human, beautiful book.” — ICI-Radio Canada

“Naomi Fontaine leads us to discover students who are sometimes endearing and sometimes disturbing, but always does so with poetry.” — Chatelaine.