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Stories for a Lost Child (American Indian Studies) (Paperback)

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The summer before going into high school, Fiona receives a mysterious box in the mail, one that she hopes will answer her questions about her Anishinaabe Indian heritage. It contains stories written by the grandfather she never knew, an Anishinaabe man her mother refuses to talk about. As she reads his stories about blackbirds and bigfoot, as well as tales about Indians in space and homeless Native men camping by the river in Minneapolis, Fiona finds other questions arising--questions about her grandfather and the experiences that shaped his stories, questions about her mother's silence regarding the grandfather she never knew. Fiona's desire to know more and her mother's reluctance to share stir up bitter feelings of anger and disappointment that slowly transform as she reads the stories into a warmer understanding of the difficulties of family, love, and the weight of the past.

About the Author

Carter Meland writes, teaches, and lives in Minneapolis. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary reviews, including Yellow Medicine Review, Lake: Journal of Arts and Environment, Fiction Weekly, and Fiddleblack.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611862447
ISBN-10: 1611862442
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 164
Language: English
Series: American Indian Studies