Course evaluations will be filled out at the beginning of class next week. I received 23 emails about your thesis - i am working my way through them. The novel has been critiqued as a coming of age story, a post-colonial take on the genre of the northern gothic, a regionalist portrait of the community and a post-colonial critique of the effects in canada. The interest in how trauma can be transferred from one generation to the next comes in the drowning motif. We learn that this is not the first time the family has been faced with drowning. The question is raised with respect to the grandfather drowning in the bathtub and whether the grandmother witnessed it. The novel ends with lisa re-enacting mixed drowning which echoes the moment when she and her brother found nick"s body in the sea. The narrative alter(cid:374)ates fro(cid:373) lisa"s journey to monkey beach in search of her brother and her memories of kitemaat.