This was just plain terrible. A rather depressing look at an indigenous teen, Jared, living a hell-hole existence in Kitimat, BC. An unrelenting account of family dysfunction, drug abuse, alcoholism and poverty. And to top it all off, a hodge-podge, convoluted and ridiculous bit of folklore/magical realism thrown in to make it even more insufferable. Nothing redeeming about this novel -- the odds of Jared getting sober, given his environment, was nothing short of miraculous.