Review: Speak to Me in Indian 9781771860536

Review: Speak to Me in Indian 9781771860536

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Title: Speak to Me in Indian
Author: David Gidmark
ISBN: 9781771860536
Price: $19.95
Publisher: Baraka Books

Review by Aurélie Roy

In Speak to Me in Indian, David Gidmark weaves a haunting love story between Shane Bearskin, a Cree man from James Bay, and Theresa Wawati, a young Algonquin woman from northern Québec.

Living in Montréal, Shane and Theresa find themselves constantly seeking a return to their cultural roots. Both are studying in the big, inhospitable city. Shane wants to be a teacher so he can return to his childhood village and teach Cree children, while Theresa is studying to become a lawyer, hoping to defend her people.

As they struggle to find a balance between their desire for an education and their yearning for home, they are forced to face a series of hardships that truly put their love to the test. Upon learning that Theresa has leukemia and only a few months to live, the young lovers decide to make the best of their remaining time together.

They move to the wilderness, have a baby, and find ways to celebrate their cultures together.

Gidmark’s story is a simple, yet devastatingly beautiful, account of human life which emphasizes the everyday importance of heritage and pride.

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