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Stories for a Lost Child
The summer before going into high school, Fiona receives a mysterious box in the mail, one that she hopes will answer her questions about her Anishinaabe Indian heritage. It contains stories written by the grandfather she never knew, an Anishinaabe man her mother refuses to talk about. As she reads his stories about blackbirds and bigfoot, as well as tales about Indians in space and homeless Native men camping by the river in Minneapolis, Fiona finds other questions arising—questions about her grandfather and the experiences that shaped his stories, questions about her mother’s silence regarding the grandfather she never knew. Fiona’s desire to know more and her mother’s reluctance to share stir up bitter feelings of anger and disappointment that slowly transform as she reads the stories into a warmer understanding of the difficulties of family, love, and the weight of the past.

Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
164 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Carter Meland writes, teaches, and lives in Minneapolis. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary reviews, including Yellow Medicine Review, Lake: Journal of Arts and Environment, Fiction Weekly, and Fiddleblack.

Early Praise

"Meland’s novel is a wild journey of the imagination that skyrockets the reader through time, space, and history. We’re introduced to the growling poetic music of the deep swamp’s Sasquatch, thrilling sci-fi adventures of Indians in space, and a flipped script of significant moments in history: stories within stories that illuminate core truths of what it is to be human, what it is to fail and rise and heal. This novel made me laugh and cry. I admire its compassion and intellectual brilliance. A must-read!"
Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer and Sacred Wilderness
"Wonderfully imaginative with a sharp tongue and a gentle touch, Meland’s prose is a magic potion for a dysfunctional world. First books shouldn’t be this good."
Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian and The Back of the Turtle
"Stories for a Lost Child is a magnificent stitching together of distinctive narrative voices, surreal images, and poetic language that together create an innovative form with great heart. While space travel and eccentric characters give this novel a lightness and ease, the story of a lost child leads to a deeper understanding of the challenges facing Native people today: loss of language and culture, identity confusion, and generational trauma. Meland navigates these topics by moving from a brilliant rendition of Sasquatch to an old priest to a young girl and beyond, providing a compelling storyline that pulls the reader through the shifts in voice and form. Any reader who appreciates skillfully rendered, imaginative stories will find this book an exceptional read."
Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life
"Dear Fiona: Carter Meland, your creator, hell, your writer god, has given us a tribe of memorable characters and stories that bounce off the page and into outer space with Amos and Wayne, two Native American Space Adventuring (NASA) astronauts. Meland’s stories of 'Warm Gravity,' 'Drunk Camp.' and '“Perfect Night' are heady, kooky—these are stories I’ll return to again and again and teach in my classes. (Pssst, all writers know they are gods.)"
LeAnne Howe, author of Shell Shaker and Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story, and coauthor of Seeing RedHollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film

$19.95 USD
ISBN: 9781611862447

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