Obomsawin of Sioux Junction by Daniel Poliquin

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One fine spring morning, a float plane lands on a lake near the northern Ontario town of Sioux Junction, and three men get out: a judge, a Crown prosecutor and a defence attorney. The trial of Thomas Obomsawin, a native painter who has been accused of setting fire to his mother's house, is scheduled to begin. It soon becomes clear that it is not only the painter who is on trial but everyone in Sioux Junction - from Jo and Cécil Constant, who own the town's only hotel, to the Sauvé brothers, whose decision to close down the sawmill has spelled the death of Sioux Junction, right up to the judge and the lawyers themselves.

But at the heart of this novel is the tumultuous life of Thomas Obomsawin: his life and his art, his wiles and his weaknesses, his talent and his tragedy. Filled with humour and compassion, biting satire and flashing insight, Obomsawin of Sioux Junction is the story of a town—and a country—divided and united by language and history.
 

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Born in Ottawa in 1953, Daniel Poliquin is one of Canada's leading francophone writers. The author of nearly a dozen books in French, mainly novels and short story collections, he holds Master's degrees in both German and Comparative Literature, and a doctorate in French Literature.Poliquin's early works, such as his first novel, Temps pascal (1982), and L'Obumsawin and Nouvelles de la capitale (both 1987), sought to establish the existence of Franco-Ontarian literature and his later books have garnered the Ottawa author a number of literary awards.Poliquin's third novel Visions de Jude (1990; translated into English as Visions of Jude and republished in 2000 as La Côte de Sable) earned him the 1990 Grand prix du Journal de Montréal and the 1991 Prix littéraire Le Droit; his novel L'écureuil noir (1995; translated into English as Black Squirrel), was a Governor General's Award nominee and won the 1995 Prix littéraire Le Droit; and L'homme de paille (1998; translated into English as The Straw Man) won the 1998 Trillium Book Award, the province of Ontario's top writing prize. Poliquin was also awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his non-fiction work In the Name of the Father: An Essay on Quebec Nationalism (Douglas & McIntyre, 2001), the English version of Le Roman colonial (2000). Wayne Grady was born in 1948 in Windsor, Ontario. He attended Carleton University where he earned a B.A. in English. He is a freelance magazine writer and author of several books. He is the former editor of Harrowsmith magazine. He has also translated several French novels into English. He has been shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and the Governor General's Award for Translation, for Black Squirrel, by Daniel Poliquin. He received the Governor General's Award for Translation, for On the Eighth Day, by Antoine Maillet and John Glassco Prize for Literary Translation, for Christopher Cartier of Hazelnut, by Antoine Maillet. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Douglas & McIntyre. 123 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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