Fiction. Native American Studies. Women's Studies. THE NARROWS OF FEAR (WAPAWIKOSCIKANIK) navigates the unsettling, but necessary. When love of, and respect for, culture goes awry, it is our Indigenous women who bring us back to what is important. This novel is an interweaving of stories centred on a range of characters, both male and female, though the women, for the most part, are the healers. Though several were abused both in their own community and in residential schools, these women are smart and loving and committed to helping one another. They eagerly learn to celebrate their culture, its stories, its dancing, its drums, and its elders. Principal of these elders is Nina, the advisor at the women's shelter. With the help of Sandy and Charlene, both of whom are educated and courageous, overcoming losses of their own, Nina uses Indigenous practices to heal the traumatized Mary Ann. This is a very powerful novel—sometimes brutally violent, sometimes healing, sometimes mythical, and always deeply respectful of the Aboriginal culture at its heart.
Cree/Dene writer and artist, Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate in 2021. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation entitled Peau D'ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her first book of poetry, HIRAETH was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. Her latest novel, THE NARROWS OF FEAR (Wapawikoscikanik) was published in 2020 and won the 2021 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards). Carol's poetry collection, ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS was released in 2021. Carol lives in Regina Beach.