In the Night of Memory

In the Night of Memory

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Two lost sisters find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation

When Loretta surrenders her young girls to the county and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country's long devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, ages 3 and 4, and her absence haunts all the lives she has touched--and all the stories they tell in this novel. In the Night of Memory returns to the fictional reservation of Linda LeGarde Grover's previous award-winning books, introducing readers to a new generation of the Gallette family as Azure and Rain make their way home.

After a string of foster placements, from cold to kind to cruel, the girls find their way back to their extended Mozhay family, and a new set of challenges, and stories, unfolds. Deftly, Grover conjures a chorus of women's voices (sensible, sensitive Azure's first among them) to fill in the sorrows and joys, the loves and the losses that have brought the girls and their people to this moment. Though reconciliation is possible, some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. In the Night of Memory creates a nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in light of this lesson learned in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.

Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781517906504
Characteristics: 211 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 30, 2019

This is a sad, but beautifully told, story. The story unfolds gently and gradually, and you get totally swept up in it. The characters all feel so real--they're all just trying to get through this thing called life, sometimes making mistakes along the way.

The book tackles the important topics of the disappearance of Native women and the loss of Native children to the foster care system.

This is Grover's third book about the LaForce family from Mozhay Point. You don't have to have read _The Dance Boots_ or _The Road Back to Sweetgrass_ to understand this book. However, if you have read either of those books, you'll be delighted to find that many of the same characters appear in _In the Night of Memory_.

I recommend this book to all mature readers, but especially to readers with a connection to the Duluth area, where most of the story takes place.

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