The Spawning Grounds by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (90)

This novel is very different from Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s initial books. It is a book that is beautifully fluid between past and present, the ordinary world and the world of the spirit, all of which are disordered by the human and environmental crises that have knit the white and indigenous world together in love and hate and tragedy for 150 years.

It is a historical story that starts off with the year 1860 and keeps weaving to the present and back. It is a story that is complicated as it is intricate and honest.

This is an intimate family sage that bridges indigenous and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run.

Can Hannah and her brother and Alex find a way forward that will destroy neither the river nor themselves?

I loved the story from beginning to end. What a GREAT writer!  We are so lucky to have so many great writers here in Canada!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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