Toronto 1945. "Spotting her target, the lady in uniform took Gmiwan by the arm and began to shuffle him toward Mary. Mary gave herself a shake to break the spell, and with Sonny pasted to her side, took a few steps forward. Obviously something had happened to Gmiwan."
Moving back through the decades, through World War II, the Depression, years spent in the horrific residential Mohawk Institute, and all the way back to the loss of her family, Where Mary Went is the first half of a two-volume work of a brilliant and compelling new First Nations storyteller.
This is the story of Mary Fisher--an engaging young girl, who turns into a tough yet tender young wife and mother, and the the men in her life--her father, a proud and gentle man who loses his children through no fault of his own; her husband Gmiwan, a sensitive artist not made for the rigors of war, and Tom Dunsby, the Mayor of Jackson, whose unrequited love for Mary knows no limits.
Tender, tragic, and beautifully poignant, set against the backdrop of fears of displacement, hunger, and death, Where Mary Went is a sensual novel of relationships that offers up inspiring revelations, heart-breaking twists, and boundless expressions of spirit.
Lynne Sherry McLean is a band member of Six Nations of the Grand River with blood ties to Alderville First Nations. Besides being a wife, a mother of three, a writer, and a teacher, she is also a member of the Aboriginal rock and roll band, Crooked Trail. Lynne is busy at work on the companion novel Where Gmiwan Went.
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