Tanya Tagaq

Split Tooth

Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Prose in English

Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference between them. An Inuk girl grows up in Nunavut, Canada, in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

In this acclaimed debut novel – haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once – Tanya Tagaq explores the grittiest features of a small Arctic town and the electrifying proximity of the worlds of animals and of myth.

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About the Book

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More Info

  • You can find out more about Tanya Tagaq, including videos of some of her performances, on her website.
  • You can read The Guardian‘s profile of Tanya Tagaq here.
  • The New Yorker reviewed Tanya Tagaq’s album Tongues, which includes poems from Split Tooth. You can read it here.
Print status: Pre-order
Author: Tanya Tagaq
Original language: English
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 3 October 2023
ISBN: 9781913505806
Ebook ISBN: 9781913505813
Availability: UK & C (excl Canada) and Europe