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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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In the Land of Snow and Ice

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

Title: Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name
By: Vendela Vida

Clarissa Iverton is twenty-eight when her devoted father dies unexpectedly. Uncovering her birth certificate from her father's belongings, Clarissa learns that her biological father is registered as a Sami priest that her mother married in Lapland in a previous life. As Clarissa’s mother disappeared 14-years before, abandoning her and a developmentally-disabled sibling, there is no family Clarissa can turn to for answers to the burning questions she has regarding her ancestry.

Clarissa travels to Lapland in search of answers. In her travels, she meets with a cast of native Laplanders, including the Sami priest she believes to be her father, an elderly Sami woman-healer who, though unable to communicate through language, is able to nurture her body and soul when she falls ill. Clarissa also meets a tender-hearted young reindeer herder who accompanies her to a hotel made of ice. It is on Clarissa’s journey to the ice motel that she learns the bitter truth of her mother's abandonment.

This is a beautifully-rendered tale of a young woman grieving and longing for family and emotional sustenance. The setting is vivid and evocative. Lapland is the land of dreams, past and future.

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Posted by Wildruby on April 8, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.


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