The ever-amazing Michelle Good has won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction (Canada’s Pulitzer, for you Yanks) with Five Little Indians. a book that could not be more important to the national conversation. Go snap it up, if you haven’t already. It should be required reading for all of us. Anne Carson also won for poetry, but my favourites on that list were Canisia Lubrin and Donna Kane.
“Intimate and ambitious, Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians is a heart-breaking account of lives shaped and destroyed by the residential school system. Here is powerful testimony, expertly crafted and wisely observed, tragic yet full of redemptive moments. An unflinching, compassionate and moving novel about the struggle to live and love in the wake of deep trauma.”
—Peer assessment committee: Anne Fleming, Ariela Freedman, Rabindranath Maharaj