Consumption

By Kevin Patterson
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307278944, 384pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2008

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Description
Born in the 1950s, Victoria knows nothing but the nomadic life of the Inuit until, at age ten, she is sent to a sanitarium to recover from tuberculosis. Six years later, she returns to a radically different world, a stranger to her family and culture. She marries a non-Inuit, Robertson; as their children gravitate toward the pop culture of the mainland, and as her husband exploits the economic opportunities that the Arctic offers, Victoria is torn between her family and her ancestors, between the communal life of the North and the material life of the "South." Kevin Patterson, acclaimed author of "The Water in Between" and "Country of Cold," exposes the consequences of cultural assimilation, and the toll that modernization takes on communities in this epic novel of the Arctic.



About the Author
KEVIN PATTERSON is the author of the memoir "The Water In Between," which was a "New York Times" Notable Book. "Country of Cold," his short fiction collection, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, as well as the inaugural City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He lives on Saltspring Island, Canada.



Praise For Consumption

"Gently seductive. . . . Remarkably compelling. . . . [Patterson's] insight into the human condition pulls us to the heart of events."—The Washington Post“Utterly absorbing. . . . Engag[es] the heart as well as the mind in the service of a greater truth.” —The Times-Picayune “Patterson's own experience . . . lends his simply told, involving novel an unmatchable authority.”—Entertainment Weekly“Patterson is a sure guide through inhospitable terrain, be it [that] of the tundra or the far recesses of the soul.”—The New Yorker




NPR
Thursday, Mar 24, 2011

Physician Kevin Patterson has treated patients in the Arctic, in Kandahar and on remote Pacific Islands. He says that Western ideas and the effects of urbanization are making people everywhere in the world both fatter and sicker. More at NPR.org

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