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The long-shining waters
Danielle Sosin
Adult Fiction SOSIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Lake Superior proves to be more than a bucolic backdrop for Sosin's debut novel. It swallows fishing nets, boats, and even men, and shapes the lives of three women from different eras: Grey Rabbit, an Ojibwe woman following seasonal routes with her family in 1622 and struggling to feed her children; Berit Kleiven, who lives in a lonely cove with her husband, Gunnar, in 1902; and Nora Truneau, a Duluth bar owner who explores the lake in 2000 after a crisis. Grey Rabbit is troubled by dreams of her youngest son. After a harsh winter, even a full belly in the spring can't assuage her fears, and the arrival of goods from white civilization-the first her tribe has seen-feels ominous. Almost three centuries later, Berit and Gunnar enjoy a sexual reawakening after a miscarriage, and 100 years after that, the fire that destroys Nora's bar sends her to Superior's shores for solace. Like Grey Rabbit, she too is haunted by dreams and hopes that her journey will give her direction. Sosin writes sensuously detailed prose and distills the emotions of her characters into a profound and universal need for acceptance and love. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, Sosin's first novel interweaves three story lines about women in transition from three distinct eras, with Lake Superior as the unifying element. In 1622, an Ojibwe woman is haunted by troubling dreams she's unable to interpret. In 1902, a Norwegian fisherman's wife must cope with her isolation on the lake's North Shore after her husband's disappearance. In 2000, a disaster forces a bar owner in Superior, WI, to reassess her life. Verdict Rich in sensory detail, Sosin's impressionistic writing is more about evoking mood and layers of meaning than plot. Other than the geographic setting, there is no obvious connection among the three stories, but perceptive readers will be delighted by subtle parallels and recurring images. The transitory nature of human life, contrasted with the timelessness of the Great Lake, seems an overarching theme. Expect strong regional interest, as well as crossover appeal for those who like nature writing and poetry.-Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Grey Rabbit
Female
Ojibwa
Following the seasonal routes along Lake Superior with her family; struggling to feed her schildren; troubled by her young son's dreams.

Berit Kleiven
Female
Married
Becomes closer to her husband after she suffers a miscarriage.

Nora Truneau
Female
Turns to Lake Superior for comfort after a fire destroyed her bar.
Bar owner



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