White Heat by M.J. McGrath

Chatelaine editor's pick: What was said to be an accidental shooting of a tourist during an Arctic trek turns out to be more than meets the eye in M.J. McGrath's fiction debut

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Edie Kiglatuk, half Inuit, half outsider, is taking tourists on an Arctic trek when one gets shot. It’s deemed to be an accident, but a shocking suicide soon after forces Edie to realize events may not be as straightforward as everyone is so determined to make them appear. M.J. McGrath knows her subject well — under the name Melanie McGrath, she wrote the non-fiction book The Long Exile: A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic, about the forced relocation of Inuit families.

White Heat, by M.J. McGrath, $30.

— L.G.