Fiction. Finalist, ReLit Award. Finalist, McNally Robinson Book of the Year (Manitoba Book Awards). Finalist, Bisexual Book Award (USA). BC Books for BC Schools selection. Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2012 pick, 49th Shelf. WHITETAIL SHOOTING GALLERY, a new novel from award-winning author and Giller Prize nominee Annette Lapointe, is set in the outer urban, often desolate, landscape of the Saskatchewan prairie. Horses, bears, kissing cousins, and other human animals conspire in a series of conflicts that result in accidental gunfire and scarring both physical and emotional that take many years to heal.
"a moody, atmospheric portrait of small-town life the author's talent for descriptive, evocative prose compels the reader forward. She imbues the sparse landscape of Jenn and Jason's prairie surroundings with an eerie, sad beauty." Foreword Reviews
"Imagine Alissa York's Fauna but in rural Saskatchewan and with all the sentimentality stripped away. Imagine lots of sex, kissing cousins, a gunshot to the face, and a set of teeth that get kicked in over and over again. Imagine a family farmhouse, country roads, the kind of place you might want to move to raise your kids if you don't look too closely. The hockey player, the pastor's daughter, how he's giving blow jobs to his teammates, and she's having sex with her best friend. WHITETAIL SHOOTING GALLERY baffled me thoughout, disturbed and troubled me, but it also intrigued me, continually surprised me, never stopped me wondering what would happen next. It's an anti-pastoral, a complicated portrayal of rural life. Annette Lapointe's literary reputation was established with Stolen, which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006. And here in her second book, she's turning Can-Lit on its head, challenging not only her readers' sensibilities, but also ideas about what a novel should be. And the latter seems to be a requirement for the kind of book that I like best." Pickle Me This (blog)
"Wintry, notably offbeat, written with an elegant precision, and at times slyly funny Lapointe's beautiful treatment of poete maudit subject matter never fails to impress." The Vancouver Sun
"In WHITETAIL SHOOTING GALLERY, Lapointe gives us an animalistic view of the teen world. This is not small-town rural life as idyllic or pastoral. Lapointe's world reflects the turmoil, raging emotions and hormones brewing inside adolescents. the plot is almost secondary to Lapointe's vivid, powerful voice and her beautifully savage view of rural prairie life." Winnipeg Free Press"
Annette Lapointe holds a PhD in Contemporary Canadian Literature and teaches literature and gender studies a the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba. Her first novel, STOLEN (Anvil Press, 2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). She currently resides in Winnipeg.