This is a wonderful novel that is written by an Indian author about India who loves to write about Cree women. What a wonderful topic and one that is unique and very inspiring.
The book has a dark humor to it, but it is also inspiring and moving. I found myself crying a few times, and wishing that all will go well for Bernice.
This is a story about a beautiful Cree woman with a dark secret from her past. Bernice (Birdie) has left her home in Northern Alberta to travel to Gibsons, British Columbia.
She is on a vision question, looking for family, home, and understanding. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat John because he is a healthy Indian man.
Birdie heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers, but they are not the ones she expected. She tries to understand them, but instead seems to be quite upset and sad a lot of the time.
With her arrival in Gibsons, Birdie begins to draw inspiration from her dreams to learn the lessons she was never fully taught in life. Birdie is a moving novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy. It is a story of an extraordinary woman who travels to the deepest part of herself to find the strength to face her past and to build herself a new life.
I loved this book, and it is also part of the evergreen program at my local library.
Tracey Lindberg is an award-winning academic writer and teacher Indigenous Studies and Indigenous law at two Canadian universities. This is her first novel.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth