The Lesser Blessed

The Lesser Blessed

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An eye-opening account of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in the modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love and racial tensions, in a world by a dark mystery from his past.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2016]
Edition: 20th anniversary special edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781771621137
Characteristics: 170 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 06, 2013

Its a good book. While I can't say that I like the ending, it does show the realistic side of things, as well as teaching me some important lessons. A must-read.

Tyler J Lines
May 30, 2012

If I pick up another copy of this book again will you sign it again for me Richard? Can't wait to see the movie! I think that I will actually read this book again before I go see the movie.

Oct 12, 2011

this makes a total of 3 books I will not finish reading.

I do admit that the writing style is very sophisticated and entertaining.

quagga Nov 21, 2009

It is rare for me to read a book more than once, no matter how much I like it, because there are so many other great books calling out to me. When I do re-read, however, it feels like a treat. Especially when it is a fabulous book like The Lesser Blessed.

It's a skinny little book (119 pages) about a skinny teenager named Larry Sole. Much like Larry, who hides big secrets inside his burn-scarred body, the story contains mysteries. Larry's humorous first person voice is part of what makes this book memorable. Escaping a tragic past, Larry and his mother have recently moved to Fort Simmer (a thinly-disguised Fort Smith) in the NWT. They are of the Tlicho (Dogrib) Nation. Larry is a virgin and he is obsessed with sex. He has a particular fascination with doing it doggie style. He also has the hots for Juliet Hope: "I adored her seven dreams deep." But Juliet is Johnny Beck's girlfriend. And Johnny is Larry's best friend. Or is he? Larry's entry into adulthood takes place amid violence and substance abuse.


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Larry Sole is a member of the Tlicho (Dogrib) Nation in the Northwest Territories. He's in high school. He's skinny. He listens to rock music. He's in love.


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