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Firekeeper's Daughter av Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper's Daughter (urspr publ 2021; utgåvan 2021)

av Angeline Boulley (Författare)

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Titel:Firekeeper's Daughter
Författare:Angeline Boulley (Författare)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2021), 496 pages
Samlingar:Young Adult


Firekeeper's Daughter av Angeline Boulley (2021)


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“I take pride in the spectacular beauty of this place. [They] are here to investigate something horrible. To shine a light on the bad things. That’s not the entirety of our story.”

Angeline Boulley’s debut YA novel FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is without a doubt worth every ounce of the hype that it’s receiving. A contemporary thriller set in Sault Ste. Marie, MI amongst the Ojibwe community, FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a gripping, immersive exploration of the modern Native experience, generational trauma, tensions between the US government and Indigenous communities, and what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman).

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine is biracial, born to a wealthy white mother and an Ojibwe father. While she is deeply connected to her Native heritage, she is an unenrolled member of her tribe and has never felt like she quite fits in in either world. When a family tragedy puts her college plans on hold, Daunis stays home to help care for her emotionally fragile mother. To get by, she relies on her best friend Lily and her Ojibwe community. That is, until a charming but mysterious new recruit on her brother’s hockey team arrives and ushers in a change to life as she knows it.

After witnessing a horrific act of violence, Daunis reluctantly agrees to help the FBI investigate a series of drug-related deaths in order to help protect her community. Secretly pursing her own investigation, she quickly realizes that the lines between loyalty, truth, and deception aren’t as clear as she’d once thought.

FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a necessary story with all-too-real reflections of violence against Native people — Native women in particular. FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is about trauma, and loss, and injustice. But it is also a celebration of family, friendship, Ojibwe culture, and the strength that can be found in community.

CW: racism, addiction, substance abuse, gun violence, sexual assault, murder, suicide ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
I picked up this book because a good friend of mine is Ojibwe. Daunice is an 18 year old who has just graduated from high school. In the last few months, her uncle died, her maternal grandmother has a stroke, and as everyone knows, bad things happen in threes and she is just waiting for the third thing to happen when it does. Daunice is bi-racial, her father is an Ojibwe Firekeeper, and her mother was from a rich white family. She works to learn about her Ojibwe heritage, even though her father is not on her birth certificate and she is unable to enroll in the tribe. We see many different aspects of Native American Ojibwe traditions, with Pow Wows, with funerals, with dancing. I enjoyed the journey that this book took me on, and I would recommend this book to high school level and above.
  bauerlj73 | Jul 17, 2021 |
Daunis lives in the Upper Peninsula in the U.S. version of Saint Sault Marie, where she feels strong connections with the Ojibwe side of her family, although she is of mixed heritage. Hockey is the major focus there: Daunis was a star player, playing on the high school boys team, and her brother is the star of the team's town, the Supes. After witnessing her best friend killed by her estranged boyfriend, who then commits suicide, she is recruited as a C.I. by the FBI operation, posing as the girlfriend of any agent, who have moved to town as a hockey player. Boulley's book looks into many divisive issues, racism (against Native Americans and among each other), sexism, double standards for sports stars as well as the damaging effects of poverty, drug use, especially for Native Americans. I found the early part of the book very slow, but it picked up as the book progressed, and I liked the mysticism and respect for the tribal Elders. Striking, memorable cover art. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
RGG: Amazing read. A good mystery. In-depth coverage of contemporary Objibwe culture. Daunis is a great character. And the romance is poignant. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Jun 19, 2021 |
Firekeeper's Daughter is everything I hoped it would be. This contemporary mystery set in Sault St. Marie (that's "soo" not "salt") deliveries a realistic world, an interesting story, and memorable characters. Boulley's debut is formidable. She builds a story with an intriguing rotation of characters, a crime that is familiar but explored from a different perspective, and a narrative that keeps the reader engaged. I read this book slowly and enjoyed it - if you stop reading this review right now, know that I recommend this book highly. It's wonderful.

Sault St. Marie and Sugar Island are beautifully crafted. Boulley is from the area, and she wove her love into the little details about her home. The blending and failings both of culture and community bring the story to life. Boulley graciously shares Native culture throughout the book, sharing the beauty of the people alongside the prejudices big and small they have to live with. One of my favorite parts of Firekeeper's Daughter was the way Anishinaabemowin was folded into the storytelling. I really want to reread this book in its audio format so I can listen to the language and hear the pronunciations.

I'm not sure why, but I didn't expect this book to involve so much hockey. I'm not a sports person as a rule, but for some reason, I love hockey. I really enjoyed that aspect of the world building - for me, at least, it was something different that I rarely read in books. It was nice to see a town come together around a sport other than football, even though the interactions were not always wholesome.

While I felt most the Supes - even important ones like Levi and Stormy - were uninteresting and a bit flat, I really liked Daunis and several other characters. Daunis lives in a constant state of struggle and balance. She loves both of her parents and respects the Ojibwe culture even though she knows she is not entirely welcome because of her mixed heritages. She still practices Ojibwe customs and speaks some of the language. I loved her determination, her naivety, her intelligence, her anger, and her love. Bt our protagonist isn't the only good character. I loved Granny June and the Elders, and I loved Auntie and the girls.

There were scenes in Firekeeper's Daughter that made me smile, scenes that made my heart ache, and scenes that made me smile. I learned from this book: small things (like the healing abilities of the human liver), and big things (like berry fasts). A lot about the plot was predictable, but I felt more drawn to Daunis's own journey than the investigation, so it didn't bother me at all.

All in all, this is a fantastic book. I hope we continue to see more from Boulley and other Native authors. Five out of five stars from me, and I will certainly be reading it again. ( )
  Morteana | Jun 17, 2021 |
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