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In the Night of Memory

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Two lost sisters find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation.

When Loretta surrenders her young girls to the county and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country’s long devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, a
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Angela M
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

The first chapter of the book is so sad that I almost put it aside for another time, but the prose was beautiful so I kept reading. I also just had to know how the lives of two little girls abandoned to the County by their alcoholic mother would turn out. This first chapter is told by Azure Sky, the youngest of Loretta’s two daughters . While most of the alternating narratives are Azure Sky’s, the points of view of a cast of Ojibwe women of the Mozhay Point Reservation in Minnesota, where Lorett
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
In the 1890's, the Mozlay Point Indian Reservation Lands were divided into allotted acreage near Duluth, Minnesota. Displaced Indians were promised a settlement along the Miskwaa River. The Miskwaa residents were a forgotten people, "falling into the cracks", ignored by the federal government. The winters were bitterly cold. Life was a hardscrabble existence. The people needed to trap, harvest and might participate in the illegal liquor trade just to prevent starvation.

Loretta Gallette was born
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Loretta, the mother, is ill prepared to provide much for her two daughters. She offers them one memory before relinquishing them to foster care. They all stand on a tiny porch. The girls wrapped in a blanket look to the night sky as their mother points to the northern lights. Transfixed, they watch and listen as she sings and dances, illuminated by the colours. The memory is of a song. A song that later in their lives returns to carry them all. Until then, the girls are left to find a way to su ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s an interesting book highlighting the struggles in the Native American communities. I wish at the beginning or end of the book there was more information on the subject and maybe some books/websites to checkout for further study. A good, insightful book.
Kim Bakos
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
Have you ever listened to an older family member tell you about something/someone in the family, the story rambles, bit and pieces are given that don't quite connect, and half of the people in the story you're too young to have ever met and don't remember? But you know that they are trying their hardest to tell you something that they think is important to pass on, so you try really hard to figure out that point, but never quite get there? That's what it is like reading this book.
It is supposed
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been on a mission to read books outside my culture and experience. And after reading There There by Tommy Orange, I have been on the lookout for more books about native culture written by native Americans. So when I saw In the Night of Memory by Linda LeGarde Grover, I knew I had to pick it up. Growing up in Minnesota and spending a lot of time in northern Minnesota, I could imagine many of these scenes, which added to my experience of the book. This was enjoyable read. The author particu ...more
Monica Hills
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookish-first
This novel was one that I had a hard time putting down once I got started. The novel hooked me at once as I had to know what happened to Loretta's girls once she gave them up to the county. The next couple of chapters lost me a little as it gave a back story to what Loretta faced growing up. There were many different characters and it was told from different view points so I had some difficulty following. However once the story got back to the girls, Azure Sky and Rainfall Dawn, I couldn't stop ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was immediately captivated by the story of the Native American family portrayed in the early pages of this story - that of a mother, Loretta, releasing her two daughters into state custody to enter into foster care. The writing in the first section is lyrical and beautiful, the characters are fully formed, and the plot intriguing. However, the more I read, the more disoriented I became and, thus, less invested in the st
Jen Juenke
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book all in one sitting. I could not put it down. I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. Reading the Ojibway words, the PowWows, the talk of the ladies, brought memories of my childhood flooding back.
The book is multi layered and there is so much depth that it is hard to describe exactly how this book touched me.
The story is of two little girls, Rain and Azure. Their mother, Loretta, gave them to the County because she could not take care of them.
Rain and Azure's story is told
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookish
Azure Sky was the storyteller who kept the visual memory alive for her elder sister Rainfall Dawn. Their mother Loretta had roused them from their bed on the couch, and wrapping them in a blanket, took them outside to see the northern lights flashing in the night sky. Loretta folded her blanket and drew it across her shoulders, chanting and dancing in the old way. The next morning Loretta left the girls at the county, unable to care for them, hoping that rehab would change her life and reunite h ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the Night of Memory brings together so many facets of the issues faced by Native Americans. It is heartbreaking and yet shows the resilience of the characters in the book as well as I am sure of those who experience it.

The descriptive writing enlightens everyday life for the two young girls. I was continually amazed at their ability to cope with their situations and yet continue to hope that one day they would see their mother again.

The author not only weaves the story into a vibrant cloth,
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults, adults
Recommended to Rebecca by: Bookish
Shelves: coming-of-age
Powerful and Unique This novel is at once unique and powerful and unforgettable. It is overwhelmingly sad at times yet twinged with a ray of hope because the daughter who narrates the story loved her mother and had felt loved in return. Although this story may not be anything at all like a reader's life experience, the author manages to describe everything in such a way that you feel a viable part of the situation. This novel provides some insight into the life experience of some Native American ...more
Kala (ReaderthenBlogger)
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
What I loved most about this story was how each point of view that it was told from gave you an insight of the girls as well as their family history. This isn't brightest and sunniest story but the love and lives that they end up experiencing are much better than what they started out with.
Azure and Rainy have the most beautiful relationship with each other and serve as backbones for one another throughout everything they experience. Azure falls into the role as the older sister even though she ...more
Karla Strand
Linda LeGarde Grover presents us with a new generation of Gallette girls in this new family drama, At once sad, humorous, hopeful, and heartfelt, this book had me hooked from beginning to end. The voice of Azure is dynamic and believable; strong yet fallible women characters will make this candid story of family relationships appeal to many readers. Those who enjoyed Future Home of the Living God or Bastard Out of Carolina would enjoy this one.
Deb M.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read books by Linda LeGarde Grover, I find the written pictures too be vivid, and filled with emotions. I can see the joyful moments even when there is sadness. "In the Night of Memory" brought me back to Duluth. Brought me back to things I know to be true. I got lost in the book, I cried, and I smiled.
This story began at the beginning and went full circle with the ending being right back at the beginning like most life stories seem to be.
Thank you, Linda, for another most excellent book
I was really excited about this book. Being Native American myself (Inuit and Cree), I don't find too many books that give good accounts of things Native Americans have experienced through history. I had high hopes for this book. A story about two Native American girls Rainfall Dawn (Rainy) and her sister Azure Sky. Their mother Loretta hands them over to foster care at the age of 3 and 4. I needed to know their story and why Lorretta did it.

The beginning of the book seemed very poetic, memorie
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
In The Night of Memory is a story about two little girls who are surrendered by their mother and placed up for adoption. The difference between this story and similar adoption stories is that these two little girls are Native American children. As you can probably imagine, their heritage puts both of the girls in a different type of situation when it comes to the matter of someone adopting or fostering them. Many people are not open to the idea of caring for children who are from a different rac ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the Night of Memory is a profound story about the lives of Azure Sky and Rainfall Dawn, young Native American women who are removed from their mother's care as small children and placed into foster care. After living through ups and downs they are tracked down, taken in and brought back to their home community as teenagers. I imagine that while this story is fiction, it has many undertones of reality in regards to some of the struggles the Native American community has faced. This book is bea ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the Night of Memory by Linda LeGarde Grover
Available April 2nd from University of Minnesota Press

In the Night of Memory is a heart breaking story of love, loss, and family. When Loretta surrenders her two daughters to the County, the daughters are left with only vague memories and a hope of one day being reunited. After a series of foster homes and several years separation, it is through the persistence of a distant relative and the help of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the sisters are placed
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, about two Ojibwe girls and their lives after their mother Loretta is forced to surrender them to the state, after which she simply disappears into the ranks of missing and murdered Indigenous women, is a powerful read. Azure Day and Rainfall Dawn are separated into the foster systemic, reunited in the same system, and eventually returned to their families with the passing of the essential Indian Child Welfare Act (what is happening currently with challenges to this law is yet another ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
When I read an excerpt of this book, I thought my heart was being ripped out of my chest. The book opens with Loretta surrendering custody of both Azure and Rain to the state because she is no longer able to care for them. The entire situation was utterly heart wrenching. I wasn’t sure if I should continue with the book, but I HAD to know what happened to those girls.

The rest of the plot was not what I was expecting. I was disappointed because I thought that we would pick up focusing on the liv
gwendalyn _books_
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

In the Night of Memory by Linda LeGarde Grover
From University of Minnesota Press

A story of the struggles of two Ojibwe Indigenous women.

A compelling story of a journey home of two girls, Azure and Rain . Their hardships and struggles after being placed in the foster care system.
With its creative multi layered different points of view, the story moves along beautifully.
A powerful and poetic story that is Heart wrenching. A realistic fiction.
The characters ar
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookish-first
I have never read Native American fiction before and honestly, and sadly, I don't know much of their life. This was a good look into what I imagine is life for children in the foster care system. Azure and Rainy are very good characters and I was always rooting for them. I think the author did a great job filling you in on important backgrounds of the characters. I loved how the book was divided into 7 parts which were each different places in the girl's lives and each part had chapters. Those ...more
Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first I wanted to describe In the Night of Memory by Linda LeGarde Grover as a slow read. But that didn't sound right. Gentle is a much better word. There isn't a lot of action, suspense, twists or drama in this book because that's not the story it is. Instead, it is a gentle and subtle tale of two sisters, their lost mother, hardships, family, love, life and memories.

Native American foster children, Azure Sky and Rainfall Dawn, are bounced from home to home after their mother gave them up.
Kris Favreau
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linda LeGarde Grover created a lovely portrait of life in Minnesota, and the longing that comes with a separated family in In The Night Of Memory. It is a very clear example of the broadness of the institution of family, that it is defined by whatever might be valuable socially. We find family everywhere.
The characters and settings are so well drawn, and one finds themselves empathizing with them almost immediately. What she has created here is a true work of art, intent on tugging the heartstr
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This story follows the trajectory of two sisters, Rain and Azure, who were placed in foster care when their mother makes the decision to get clean. However, they never see their mother again. Following the passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the two sisters were sent to live with family. I enjoyed the story of Rain and Azure. It was in many ways heartbreaking, but worth the read. Thank you to University of Minnesota Press and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest ...more
Hannah Boyd Ferdinand
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of longing, sadness, but yet also immense happiness. I loved the way it was written, in so many different perspectives, but it also showed beautifully how some can thrive after trauma and how some cannot. It was beautiful.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hit home. Very realistic, it was such a good book, it could have been something that happened to a hundred people I know. It calls to our attention the everyday struggle of so many people in Indian Country every day.
Marie Zhuikov
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story that raises awareness about the plight of native children in the foster care system and missing indigenous women. Heartbreaking, yet uplifting at the same time.
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Linda LeGarde Grover is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is coauthor of A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families 1880–1920 and author of a poetry chapbook, The Indian at Indian School. Her 2010 book The Dance Boots won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction as well as the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her ...more

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