Keeper'n Me

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Doubleday Canada, Sep 28, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway--both ancient and modern--by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy--as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.

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It is difficult to offer literary comment on a novel which is, in fact, the first published by Richard Wagamese, and second all but autobiographical. Certainly if one were to study Wagamese's work it ... Read full review

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I was reading this book for my english class and i didnt think it was going to very interesting to me but soon after i started to read it i really got into it it only took my 3 days to finish reading it. and i would really recommend this book to everyone. it was one of the best book i read so far. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway whole early life story bears some resemblance to that of his protagonist.  He is the former Native Life columnist for the Calgary Herald.  These columns won him a National Newspaper Award.

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