Glass Beads

Glass Beads

Book - 2017
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"These stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people spanning over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 1990s and early 2000s."--
Publisher: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan : Thistledown Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771871266
Branch Call Number: DUMON
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Glass beads : stories

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shokolit Sep 16, 2017

The story of friendship between two aboriginal friends: Nellie and Julie and their boyfriends. The story spans over 2 decades. Its a beautiful, somewhat sad, story, well written and definitely worth reading.


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fionag
Aug 28, 2020

I enjoyed this book; which isn't really short stories as billed but more like a novel with time skips. This review https://www.albertanativenews.com/book-review-glass-beads-by-dawn-dumont/ describes the book well, except for a couple points where I wonder if the reviewer got it mixed up with another book. (There is no mention of 9/11, and more subjectively, rather than being "fragile and uncertain" I thought Everett was the most grounded character of the four -see what you think!).
I would add that it will be relatable for anyone who has lived, or is living, that 20s to 30s life period of young adulting when partying hard evolves into responsibilities and purpose. Then there is the added twist that the four central characters are Native - well, more than a twist this is the centre of their story - and so there is that everpresent sense of being part of a subculture, one in which many have suffered terribly, and outsiders never quite get you. Written by someone who has lived this herself -growing up on a reserve and then "making it" in the city and the larger society, it gives a perspective that unfolds naturally as part of the story, in unfolding of their lives and the way they think.

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mclarjh
Jul 18, 2019

Very poorly written; junior high school level; for young adults.

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altybiz
Sep 25, 2018

First I have to say what a marvelous cover this book has. Wow--does it ever capture the experiences of the main character as she crosses into different segments of society. Beautiful artwork.

I didn't realize until halfway through the book that each chapter was a different story that was well placed behind the chapter in front of it. I see now that the title says GLASS BEADS Stories. I was happy that it had a lot of dialogue, although I was exhausted by the very extensive use of the word f*****. It just wore me down. The experience of these girls throughout their lives was eye opening and to me discouraging, but I was glad to see whenever they overcame obstacles in their lives. This is a book definitely worth reading.

SPL_Shauna Aug 09, 2018

*Glass Beads* is a near-perfect little book. It's got the frame of a saga - following two couples from their early years on a reservation, through college, and into their adult years. But, it's under 300 pages, and reads like lightning. And, it's jam-packed with all the drama you'd expect when you follow two couples whose histories are so intimately intertwined.

But, far from being a simple, dishy read, *Glass Beads* is also a gritty, beautifully crafted rendering of the lives of Indigenous youth in the 90s and aughts. It grapples with the legacy of colonialism with a fearless elegance and intersectional sensibility. *Glass Beads* is a great pick for a vacation, a book club, or as a virtuous yet dishy distraction.

shokolit Sep 16, 2017

The story of friendship between two aboriginal friends: Nellie and Julie and their boyfriends. The story spans over 2 decades. Its a beautiful, somewhat sad, story, well written and definitely worth reading.

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