Solar Storms

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Abused and relinquished by her mother when very young, Angel has been moved from foster home to foster home. A rebellious, hurt, and literally scarred teenager, she sets out to search for her birth family, her mother, and herself. Finding her way to the remote region where she was born, Angel reencounters the brittle cold world where her ancestors have withstood both the harsh dangers of nature and the incursion of hostile outsiders. Here she reunites with Agnes, her great-grandmother; Dora-Rouge, her ...
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Abused and relinquished by her mother when very young, Angel has been moved from foster home to foster home. A rebellious, hurt, and literally scarred teenager, she sets out to search for her birth family, her mother, and herself. Finding her way to the remote region where she was born, Angel reencounters the brittle cold world where her ancestors have withstood both the harsh dangers of nature and the incursion of hostile outsiders. Here she reunites with Agnes, her great-grandmother; Dora-Rouge, her great-great-grandmother; and Bush, the woman who adopted Angel's mother and raised Angel when she was a young girl. But before Angel can settle into her new home, this recently rejoined family of women sets off by canoe on a journey to their ancestral homeland in the far North, where a hydroelectric dam project is under way. There Angel finds herself caught in a conflict that threatens two indigenous tribes, their ties to the land, and Angel's very essence as she tries to resolve her inner turmoil over who she is and where she belongs. Robust and poetic, Solar Storms has the feel of a richly woven tapestry. Both as a story of love and family, and as a parable of the Native American quest to reclaim a lost way of life, the novel not only fulfills the enormous expectations raised by Linda Hogan's previous work, it surpasses it.

A novel of sharp beauty and sudden illuminations, by an acclaimed Chickasaw poet and novelist, Solar Storms is the saga of five generations of Native American women and their struggle for their land and their way of life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her luminous, quietly compelling second novel, Hogan, a Chickasaw poet and writer (whose first novel, Mean Spirit, was a finalist for the Pulitzer), ties a young woman's coming-of-age to the fate of the natural world she comes to inhabit. Angela Jensen, a troubled 17-year-old, narrates the tale of her return to Adam's Rib, an island town in the boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada. Tucked into a pristine landscape of countless islands, wild animals and desperately harsh winters, it's her Native American family's homeland. As a child, Angela was abandoned by her mother, Hannah Wing, but not before Hannah had permanently scarred half of Angela's face; earlier, Hannah herself had been separated from her family and unspeakably abused. In Adam's Rib, Angela is reunited with her great-grandmother, Agnes Iron, and Agnes's mother, Dora-Rouge; she also spends a winter with Bush, a solitary woman who briefly raised her and, years earlier and also briefly, raised Hannah. Just as Angela discovers through her family's elemental way of life her own blood ties to the land, the threat of a huge hydroelectric dam project ruins her idyll. The four women-Angela, Agnes, Dora-Rouge and Bush-embark on a dangerous journey far northward to visit the homeland, where Hannah Wing is known to live. Hogan's finely tuned descriptions of the land and its spiritual significance draw a parallel between the ravages suffered by the environment and those suffered by Angela's mother. And, as the land is transformed, so are the lives of the characters, often in deeply resonant ways. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Chickasaw novelist and poet Hogan has numerous books to her credit, including the award-winning Mean Spirit (LJ 11/1/90). She has certainly influenced newcomers W.S. Penn (The Absence of Angels, LJ 1/94) and Betty Louise Bell (Faces in the Moon, LJ 3/1/94). Rich in spirituality, language, landscape, emotion, myth, and healing, this new work unfolds to reveal four Native American women intent on saving sacred areas from the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The central quest belongs to Angela, a young woman seeking to explain her mother's history of child abuse. While answers elude her, like precious medicinal plants quickly inundated, Angela still discovers herself and her heritage. Sadly, the most dangerous creatures the women encounter in the remote lands near Canada are other humans. Recommended for most collections.-Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684825397
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 2/26/1997
  • Series: Scribner Paperback Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 277,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    HELP

    I cant find my mommy

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    Posted June 29, 2014

    Domino

    Runs back after trying it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Skypaw

    Runs up a tree ok new lesson jumping from tree to tree just go to the edge of a branch with another close by that conect to an other tree than jump lets hurry and get back to camp.* jumps to next tree until back at camp

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    Posted June 5, 2014

    |Traing Hollow|

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    This lyrical, haunting and ultimately uplifting novel is very ha

    This lyrical, haunting and ultimately uplifting novel is very hard to describe. I've tried several times to tell others about it and know I've failed to convey the magic that lies between the words. It's a story about five generations of women, it's a story about the building of dams north of Minnesota and the devastation to the animals and people, it's a story about the many facets of the human spirit, both good and evil. But the gem of the tale lies in the connection to Mother Earth. Read the book. Any synopsis doesn't do it justice. It must be experienced firsthand.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Linda Hogan weaves myth, truth and wisdom in her story.

    In Solar Storms, Linda Hogan intertwines story with myth, nature, and wisdom. The richness of relationship between the leading female characters deepens as they learn what requires holding on to, and what needs release. An uncommon bond forms between four rare women who span the generations. This unlikely family travels together from their small village community into the wild, confronting and searching, journeying in community and as individuals. Hogan unveils the silent disappearance of native plants and entire ecosystems from our vast lands, due to development. She connects us to the intrinsic values of what is forever lost, while giving hope for what yet can be saved.

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