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Where Lives Take Root

by Christina Kilbourne

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list price: $25.95
category: Fiction
published: 2007
publisher: Bookland Press
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Where Lives Take Root

This is a powerful coming-of-age novel. The story, which covers several generations, is told through its three central characters — Nan, Gunner and Hagar. Nan travels from Vancouver to her childhood home of Muskoka for her mother’s funeral where she discovers she is part Chippewa. As she comes to terms with the family secret, her mind focuses on Gunner, a former classmate, who is part Chippewa as well. She reminisces about Gunner and his family, particularly Gunner’s father Hagar who after a number of unfortunate events becomes embittered and abusive towards his family. By carefully examining their pasts, the characters realize that one’s lineage is not important at all, but having an identity and sense of belonging is.

Kilbourne was long-listed for the 2001 Re-lit Novel Award for Day of the Dog-tooth Violets.

Caution: Scenes of family violence.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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Spanning two continents, one war and several generations, Where Lives Takes Root follows the stories of three unforgettable characters as their lives become forever linked and grounded in Muskoka. First there is Nan, a grown woman and mother of two young boys who suddenly discovers her family secret: that her deceased mother was half Chippewa. Then there is Gunner, a First Nations classmate from Nan’s small rural community and the only reference point Nan has to her new identity. Finally, there is Hamar, Gunner’s father, a displaced Norwegian who escaped his homeland during the German occupation and found himself at the end of the war, still tied to the Norwegian airforce training camp in Muskoka. Weaving together different decades and narrative points of view, Where Lives Take Root is about the universal search for identity and belonging. Suitable for both adults and young adults, this story examines the meaning of blood and ancestry and the inevitable conclusion that what really matters is not about race or religion, but about finding a place and purpose in the world.

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Christina Kilbourne

Christina Kilbourne is the author of Detached and the award-winning Dear Jo. Her writing has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. She lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.

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