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From the accomplished memoirist and former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario comes a first novel of incredible heart and spirit for every Canadian.

The novel follows one girl, Martha, from the Cat Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario who is "stolen" from her family at the age of six and flown far away to residential school. She doesn't speak English but is punished for speaking her native language; most terrifying and bewildering, she is also "fed" to the school's attendant priest with an attraction to little girls.

Ten long years later, Martha finds her way home again, barely able to speak her native tongue. The memories of abuse at the residential school are so strong that she tries to drown her feelings in drink, and when she gives birth to her beloved son, Spider, he is taken away by Children's Aid to Toronto. In time, she has a baby girl, Raven, whom she decides to leave in the care of her mother while she braves the bewildering strangeness of the big city to find her son and bring him home.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Don't waste your time or hard earned money!
December 15th, 2014
Absolute, self serving garbage. It's tiring having to listen to the excuses offered over, and over, and over, for an individuals bad choices and poor behavior. How about accepting some responsibility for the poor choices you've made, and make a concerted effort to improve things for yourself and your community. It was never once mentioned that the band's mismanagement of funds led to problems with housing/water treatment/recreational facilities. Nor did the author make mention of the numerous grants/scholarships/funding provided by the federal government specifically to those with a native heritage. A little strange this wasn't mentioned since the author has worked as a high level government official. For everyone reading this, regardless of your race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc please quit excusing your bad choices/behavior because of your medical issues, your skin colour, your upbringing as a child and start taking responsibility for your actions and changing your behavior. The rest of society is too busy working and dealing with our own issues to be able to give a damn!
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