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One Good Story, That One

Stories

2013
Author:

Thomas King

One Good Story, That One

A collection of humorous and provocative short stories ranging from Native traditions to pop culture and trickster tales—now available in the United States

One Good Story, That One is a collection steeped in native oral tradition and shot through with Thomas King’s special brand of wit and comic imagination. These highly acclaimed stories conjure up Native and Judeo-Christian myths, present-day pop culture, and literature while mixing in just the right amount of perception and experience.

There’s a sly, tart intelligence at work in many of these stories. . . . The writing is taut, sharp-edged, and very funny.

Globe and Mail

One Good Story, That One is a collection steeped in native oral tradition and shot through with Thomas King’s special brand of wit and comic imagination. These highly acclaimed stories conjure up Native and Judeo-Christian myths, present-day pop culture, and literature while mixing in just the right amount of perception and experience.

One Good Story, That One

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His many books include the novels Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; two short story collections, One Good Story, That One (Minnesota 2013) and A Short History of Indians in Canada (Minnesota 2013); nonfiction, The Truth About Stories (Minnesota 2005); and the children’s books A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote’s New Suit, and A Coyote Solstice Tale. King edited the literary anthology All My Relations and wrote and starred in the popular CBC radio series, The Dead Dog Café. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western American Literary Association (2004) and an Aboriginal Achievement Award (2003), and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. King has taught Native literature and history and creative writing at the University of Lethbridge, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph. He is retired and lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his partner Helen Hoy.

One Good Story, That One

There’s a sly, tart intelligence at work in many of these stories. . . . The writing is taut, sharp-edged, and very funny.

Globe and Mail

These stories clearly display King’s trademark wit and intelligence, his facility with characterization, and his mastery of narrative art.

The Ottawa Citizen

Written with that apparently effortless control of language and imagery which is the hallmark of King’s best work. King excels as a writer of the border zones between races, cultures, and individuals.

The Canadian Forum

This collection of stories is smart, witty, and creatively critical. . . it delights both the mind and the heart.

American Indian Quarterly

One Good Story, That One

Contents

One Good Story, That One
Totem
Magpies
Trap Lines
How Corporal Colin Sterling Saved Blossom, Alberta, and Most of the Rest of the World as Well
The One about Coyote Going West
A Seat in the Garden
Joe the Painter and the Deer Island Massacre
A Coyote Columbus Story
Borders