Reviews for Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison

The novel is as much about the societal and cultural challenges facing this isolated northern community as it is about the plight of its protagonist… [Cathleen With] offers a fully realized and authentic narrator beset with tremendous personal and cultural obstacles. Trista’s deftly portrayed sense of delusion, despair and hope is ultimately both moving and unsettling.
— Devon Code, The National Post
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“[Trista’s voice is] a distinct, utterly compelling, really genuine voice. … I was really grateful to With for enabling us to be in that brain and for offering us a character oyu don’t often get to hear the voice of, which is a 15-year-old, half-Inuit half-White girl. [With] did a really good job of that.”
— Suzanne Hancock, Biblio-File on Radio Canada International
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The prose evokes cold climes, ghosts that haunt and forgive, sunless days and frozen bodies in the permafrost, but [Cathleen] With’s scenes foster a sense of faith—a confidence in survival, strong women, intuition and love.
— Megan Stewart, The Dominion
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[Cathleen With] balances Trista’s instability and crudeness of speech with a lyric sensibility…. The heightened language and the influence of native mythology are incorporated seamlessly into the narration, and deepen the novel without undermining the plausibility of Trista’s voice… [T]he emotional force of this novel is undeniable.”
— Katherine Wootton, Quill & Quire
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