In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared.
As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways. Each will describe in his or her own voice the inner journey catalyzed by Donald's death and legacy.
This is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, about honoring life, honoring the dead, and finding redemption in unlikely places.
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"The main strength of this book - in my opinion - is Harrison's characterization. I liked having the different voices/characters telling this story, and I especially liked that they didn't just repeat the exact same incident from each of their viewpoints. Rather, each speaker extended the story, telling the reader more about their unique reality - rather than just 'rehashing' the pivotal incident in the book. Granted, some of the characters were what we'd call a tad 'unstable,'yet all seemed vey REAL."
Kathy (4 out of 5 stars)