The Long Exile by Melanie McGrath
A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic

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In 1952, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from their flourishing home on the Hudson Bay to the barren, arctic landscape of Ellesmere Island, the most northerly landmass on the planet. Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized, half-Inuit son of filmmaker Robert Flaherty, director of Nanook of the North. In a narrative rich with human drama, Melanie McGrath follows three generations of the Flaherty family—Robert, Josephie, and Josephie's daughters—to bring this extraordinary tale of deception and harsh deprivation to life.


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About Melanie McGrath

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Melanie McGrath was born in Essex. Her first book, Motel Nirvana, won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35. She is also the author of Hard, Soft and Wet: The Digital Generation Comes of Age, and Silvertown: An East End Family Memoir. She writes for The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Evening Standard and Conde Nast Traveller. She is a regular broadcaster on radio, has been a television producer and presenter. She lives and works in London. Her Web site is www.melaniemcgrath.com.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published March 10, 2009 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Actually, the Inuit way of life was already tainted by white fur traders by the time Flaherty arrived (he himself was financially backed by a trader), and the film’s starring family was entirely contrived, just like the settlement on Ellesmere, a place with no history or purpose beyond politics.

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