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Harmony Books, 1997 - Domestic fiction - 277 pages
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"Deluge is the story of three generations of a Native American family and the Ojibwe teachings and legends that define, animate, and give meaning to their lives. The narrator is Aja, storyteller, teacher, and survivor, whose life moves from a youth immersed in her Ojibwe heritage through her odyssey to a small Eastern college, to her journey back to her people. Her mesmerizing narrative weaves together mythic and present times as it brings to life not only one woman's path toward self-actualization but also the emotional complexities of several generations." "The novel opens with the unlikely, dramatic, and romantic story of the meeting and courtship of Aja's grandparents - Peke, an Ojibwe, and Isabel, a daughter of Swedish immigrants - whose stormy marriage presages the course of many of the relationships in the book. All must weather the deluges of the Ojibwe trickster Wenebojo, whose constant antics both baptize and devastate. Ultimately, Wenebojo's mischievousness leads Aja back to her homeland to take up the mantle of family storyteller, a legacy left to her by her grandfather."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Loved this book, it's a keeper! Strong's Ojibway characters are intelligent yet still have struggles with the shape of their lives, aware at certain times that a choice is key and will change the path ... Read full review

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Rich in Native American mythology, this novel is a woman's courageous testament to the brutalities and triumphs of her coming of age. Aja's marriages, her discovery of her life path, and her evolving identity form this Vision Quest of universal appeal. Aja's efforts to reconcile her past in order to live in the present and move on with her own life--while keeping alive her heritage--will resonate with many readers.

Having grown up in the Twin Cities and on the White Earth and Red Lake reservations, Albertine Strong worked as a rodeo clown, cosmetologist, spelunking guide, and organic farmer before devoting most of her time to her writing, family, and dogs. Ms. Strong lives in Tonganoxie, Kansas, where she is active in a drumming circle.

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