In this book Keeper’N Me by Richard Wagamese, I made the connection between the book and reconciliation. Reconciliation means to restore a relationship and reunite. The main character Garnet Raven, was taken away from his family when he was a toddler. He has been moving from place to place trying to find his sense of identity for example during the beginning of the book he says, “ how all those things leave little holes in your gut and how eventually they all turn into one great big black hole in the middle of your belly and how on lonely nights it still felt like the wind was blowing and whistling through me” (33). Garnet eventually gets tracked down by his real family and they want to reunite him.
Since he has been without a true identity for so long and after getting out of jail he finally has a chance to reconcile and see his family again after his brother reaches out to him. Therefore, seeing his family again he can finally restore all the years lost without them. Being with his family at his real home can fill the black hole which represents that part of him he lost so long ago.
During the literature circle, the passage I had picked was Garnet referring to that hole being a jigsaw puzzle, and there were missing pieces representing his family. Later Garnet says, “ well that’s kinda how I felt all my life. Tried to make other pieces fit but they never did. Pisses me off more. Now I’m here with two pieces of that puzzle right in front of me and I don’t know if I wanna use ‘em.” (65). This book exemplifies how a relationship between an individual and his or her family can be reconciled.
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