The Road Back to Sweetgrass Set in northern Minnesota The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann Theresa and Margie a trio of American Indian women from the s to the present observing their coming of age and the inte

  • Title: The Road Back to Sweetgrass
  • Author: Linda LeGarde Grover
  • ISBN: 9780816692699
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in northern Minnesota, The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation As young women, all three leaveSet in northern Minnesota, The Road Back to Sweetgrass follows Dale Ann, Theresa, and Margie, a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their coming of age and the intersection of their lives as they navigate love, economic hardship, loss, and changing family dynamics on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation As young women, all three leave their homes Margie and Theresa go to Duluth for college and work there Theresa gets to know a handsome Indian boy, Michael Washington, who invites her home to the Sweetgrass land allotment to meet his father, Zho Wash, who lives in the original allotment cabin When Margie accompanies her, complicated relationships are set into motion, and tensions over real Indian ness emerge.Dale Ann, Margie, and Theresa find themselves pulled back again and again to the Sweetgrass allotment, a silent but ever present entity in the book sweetgrass itself is a plant used in the Ojibwe ceremonial odissimaa bag, containing a newborn baby s umbilical cord In a powerful final chapter, Zho Wash tells the story of the first days of the allotment, when the Wazhushkag, or Muskrat, family became transformed into the Washingtons by the pen of a federal Indian agent This sense of place and home is both tangible and spiritual, and Linda LeGarde Grover skillfully connects it with the experience of Native women who came of age during the days of the federal termination policy and the struggle for tribal self determination.The Road Back to Sweetgrass is a novel that that moves between past and present, the Native and the non Native, history and myth, and tradition and survival, as the people of Mozhay Point navigate traumatic historical events and federal Indian policies while looking ahead to future generations and the continuation of the Anishinaabe people.

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    1. The lovely writing in the beginning pages made me long to know the smell sweetgrass. This book is about more than just the main characters. It is about a people, their land, how they lose it and come back to it. It is about their descendants and their identity, about traditions carried over the generations - the Odissimaa Bag and frybread which just has to be delicious.Life on the Mozhay Point Ojibwe Reservation is depicted with the story of three women and their children from the 70's to the pr [...]

    2. It has taken a bit longer to review as I was in the process of moving to another state. Finally, I finished! The Road Back to Sweetgrass is about three American Indian Women from 1970 to today, about their choices and mistakes in love and life. The beauty of the story is found in how diluted the culture is for some, particularly Margie who has visions of a family and making sweetbread (though she doesn't yet know how)but perhaps sees the wrong man in her vision. Native American or not, those of [...]

    3. As she did in The Dance Boots, Linda LeGarde Grover brings us into the bosom of Native American culture through her poetic prose. A well done novel that, in subtle ways, tackles some very weighty issues.As always, a longer review of this book appears at: cloquetriverpress.Mark

    4. If you like Louise Erdrich's books about the Ojibwe, you will love Grover's debut novel just as much. Glover writes so beautifully, each word and phrase capturing the sweet intertwining of history and myth, to create for the reader a look into the current lives of Natives in the sweet grasses of northern Minnesota.Strong and gentle and loving are the adjectives I ascribe to the three woman characters Margie, Dale Ann, and Crystal. They loved deeply, were mistreated often by the men they loved as [...]

    5. I really enjoyed The Road Back to Sweetgrass -- set in Northern Minnesota, it takes its three Ojibwe characters from the early 1970s to present day, from Chicago to the Mozhay Point Reservation and a special piece of land (which the title of the book points to). I especially loved the character of Margie and very much felt her disappointment in love, her feelings of being overlooked and forgotten, and her weariness in later life working as a concierge at casino. There's a funny and amazing scene [...]

    6. Linda Grover is not only a fantastic novelist but a fantastic person, I must say. In any case, this novel was so close to home it nearly broke my heart. Such beautiful language and such piercing descriptions of people that I feel like I know, not only because I do know people like this, but because Linda does such a lovely job of describing people who are living in the best way they know how, and trying for more. Dale Ann's story especially made my heart ache & sing, & the end of the nov [...]

    7. I loved this novel and didn't want to put it down once I started reading. It's the story of three Anishinaabe women and the intersection of their lives from the 1970s to present. The book gives an authentic look at how the federal government's termination policies of allotment and relocation played in the lives of Indians. But that's a subtle point, and could go unnoticed because of the gorgeous prose and the story itself, which hooks the reader. As I finished the last page, I felt satisfied wit [...]

    8. This was a great read about life on a reservation north of Duluth. Strangely reminded me of Olive Kitteredge, which I also read this weekend, as a series of interconnected short stories about a community, with hints of what happens to the characters in other stories. Well worth reading!!

    9. In The Road Back to Sweetgrass, Linda LeGarde Grover portrays the interconnected lives of three Ojibwe women and their families from the fictional Minnesota reservation Mozhay Point. Grover conveys a deep sense of place and identity via gorgeous prose and in intimate detail in this short novel, her first. Make this the next reading for your book club.

    10. Though this book is promoted as a novel, it feels very much like a series of linked short stories, not unlike the author's Dance Boots. Normally I would be disappointed, but in this case it is an effective way to gradually divulge the intricacies of Native American culture, of facility relationships, and the results of patronizing injustice. Grover's use of language is exquisite and powerful.

    11. Linda Legarde GroverLinda Legarde Grover of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwa joined the ranks of the world’s greatest novelists last year, publishing The Road Back to Sweetgrass. She renders the boarding school era and reservation life as powerfully as John Steinbeck migrant farmers, Albert Camus Algeria, Tim O’Brien Vietnam, Leslie Silko Pueblo life.Grover’s short-story collection The Dance Boots won the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award. It includes Four Indians in the Mirror, a masterpiece as [...]

    12. I picked up this book from the library earlier this week, and was glad for its existence during the recent power outage here in Minnesota. In the book, we meet a group of people whose lives are related in a variety of ways. The chapters go through several decades, during which romances are formulated and then broken-up, families go through changes, women find careers and struggle to fit in - all things that happen in real life, but somehow written out it seems like a TV show like Buffy the Vampi [...]

    13. 'Poetic prose' for sure. A most beautiful read. I felt honored to meet Grover's charactershonored that their lives were shared with me. Some things I've been wondering about and doing a little bit of research on since I moved to Northern Minnesota with three nearby American Indian reservations were answered. The author is speaking at my local library this week. I am so looking forward to meeting her and hearing her voice read a bit from her book. Wonder what passage she will choose?

    14. Reading this book was like visiting friends from a place I loved and where I used to live. Linda LeGarde Grover has a wonderful eye for details and emotions, and her writing is musical like the somehow-simultaneously lively and lulling sharing around a kitchen table. Lovely writing from a lovely lady!

    15. I really liked the book and couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The author beautifully wove together the stories of the characters whose lives were interconnected in ways they didn't always know or understand. The native spiritualism present in the book reminded me of writings of one of my favorite authors, Ms Erdrich.

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful writing, I cared about the characters, and it was a difficult story told well. I appreciated how the writer gave me credit for being a smart reader and didn't always spoon feed all the details along the way, giving me opportunities to quickly piece together the gaps which made the reading experience all the richer.

    17. I most enjoyed the way author captured the cadence of the lives of her characters in the writing. The rhythm of the stories of the three women and the their connectedness comes through as does the culture, history and viewpoint of the Aniishinaabe.

    18. The novel traces the lives of 3 women and their relatives, situations and the area lived in. It also details The Indian Affairs Bureau without raving of the injustice but writing in such detail,it is obvious what happens.

    19. Beautiful. I have reason to believe the setting is derived from some reservations near where I grew up, which brought the stories close to my heart.

    20. Beautiful writing. I loved the intertwining stories and timelines in this book. I stayed up all night and finished it!

    21. This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazineliteraturetoday/2

    22. Excellent book. This book raises awareness of the issues, history and racism that Native Americans face. Grover is an excellent writer and this is important book that I want everyone to read.

    23. Enjoyed the juxtaposition of characters, locales, and time frames. Also enjoyed being able to say "juxtaposition."

    24. I enjoyed reading and learning more about Native American history. It took me awhile to figure out all the characters but their stories are insightful.

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