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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
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Jun 06, 08

Read in June, 2008

This book has characters that touch your heart and stay with you. I finished this several days ago and still and putting together new ideas and interpretations over the story.
It really highlights the frailty of humanity as well as the deep, abiding damage that can come from secrets; even well intentioned secrets.
the characters live in a world if missed communications which have disastrous long term consequences. the end of the story has a bright, shining candle of hope but it is not certain and can be easily snuffed out.
Lessons for us all to learn here...
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Helen After reading your comment, I have to say -- yeah, that's exactly how I feel -- I just couldn't articulate it!
I missed you at book group last night!

Christine Although I agree with your review Jan, I still think that Christine is crazy and Ida is delusional if she truly believes that her actions (or lack thereof) as a mother could've in any way been interpreted as coming from a place of deep love. I mean she literally yelled at Christine, "I never wanted you!" The men (and Clara) in this novel are all abhorrent.

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Ned Hayes Yes, life can be snuffed out easily. Your review makes me think of the end of Dorris's too-short life... here's something I published about his death... http://nedhayes.com/writing

Bethann Mccarthy I felt that both of the mothers' interpretation of themselves and their devotion to their daughters were not on in anyway reflected in their actions. christine left rayona for weeks without a word - with a mother who treated her (Christine) horribly. Ida described herself as a loving and insightful mother. But said such wicked things to Christine. not a very believable story. Children don't misinterpret things to the extent insinuated in this novel.

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