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Adam's Tree
By (author): Gloria Mehlmann
9781989274057 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal Saskatchewan Jul 16, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in 220 pages Radiant Press
Adam's Tree is a fictional account of life on the Cowesses First Nation in Saskatchewan during the 1940's and 50's.This period in history finds forces like regulatory policy, World War II, systemic racism, and the long reach of the depression defining reserve life and rural relationships. These short stories are told from the perspective of various characters on the reserve: an Indigenous teenage girl named Sophie, men who return to Cowesses after the war, struggling with untreated and unacknowledged PTSD, settlers like the local school teacher and the "Indian agent". This book contributes to the dialogue on reconciliation, freeing Indigenous voices during a period of time that is rarely written about. It encourages readers to examine the sources and meaning of today's inheritance of complex relations.

Gloria Mehlmann grew up on the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, before striking out to become a public school teacher (1962-1983). Her various careers include serving as a public library trustee and as Director of Aboriginal Education. Mehlmann has been recognized repeatedly for her contributions to educational, aboriginal, and civic initiatives, culminating in the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005. Author of Gifted to Learn, a memoir, 2008. Recipient of an SLTA honorary Lifetime Membership 2004. She is now a full-time writer and lives in Nanoose Bay, BC.

"If, since Hemingway, the benchmark for complex short stories is their "iceberg"-quality--i.e. the fact that the largest part of what informs a complex and well-written story is actually hidden underneath the surface of what appears on the page -- then Mehlmann's stories easily reach this level of complexity. Her characters and conflicts have profound psychological depth, but only a fraction of that complexity is manifest on the surface, while underneath there is an entire world of what is displaced, repressed, "forgotten," dis-remembered and untold; with nuanced dialogues and roaring silences, this book will captivate and be of interest to all readers, regardless of their ethnicity, nation, gender or socio-cultural standing. Indigenous authors in Canada today are producing world literature that does what oral traditions and literature in any language have always done: teaching us who we are, who the others are, and how we must live as good human beings so that coming generations can also live meaningful lives on this planet." Dr. Hartmut Lutz, professor emeritus and former chair of American and Canadian Studies: Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of North America at the University of Greifswald, Germany. "The stories and memories contained in this book are honest, gritty, harsh, and uncensored. They depict a reality that needs to be told. It is about the resilience of a People, who have lived through racism, poverty, hatred and blame - but in the end - continue to build with unwavering pride." Carol Rose Daniels, author of Bearskin Diary

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