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Waters Of The Dancing Sky
     

Waters Of The Dancing Sky

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by Janet Kay
 

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"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead,
and the bridge is love -
the only survival, the only meaning."
Thornton Wilder

Sometimes you must tiptoe across that bridge linking this world with the next. Sometimes, it is the only way to put the twisted pieces of one's life back together again.

Beth Calhoun is a middle-aged woman haunted

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"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead,
and the bridge is love -
the only survival, the only meaning."
Thornton Wilder

Sometimes you must tiptoe across that bridge linking this world with the next. Sometimes, it is the only way to put the twisted pieces of one's life back together again.

Beth Calhoun is a middle-aged woman haunted by a tragic past - the drowning death of her young mother, the shame of having no father. Escaping from an abusive marriage, she retreats to her family's wilderness island home on Rainy Lake along the Minnesota/Ontario international border. Here she embarks upon a journey of self-discovery that flows through a series of wilderness adventures, past and present. As she delves into her mother's old diaries, she discovers long-held family secrets including the shocking identity of her mysterious father. Spirits of the past emerge as she struggles through a complex web of emotions and shifting relationships. Can she forgive and put the past behind her? Can she learn to trust and to love again?

Waters of the Dancing Sky is an inspirational love story, an intriguing blend of fact and fiction that weaves an appreciation of nature and local Ojibwe culture into mankind's eternal search for meaning.

Waters of the Dancing Sky is Janet Kay's debut novel. A freelance writer, she lives on a lake in the woods of Wascott, Wisconsin. Her winters are spent on a secluded lake in the mountains near Seeley Lake, Montana. Drawn to nature since she was a child, she sees its wonders as a source of renewal, reflection, and connection with something greater than oneself. Lifelong passions include creative writing, photography,travel, and spending time with family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605942780
Publisher:
Aeon Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Waters Of The Dancing Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
brownlevine More than 1 year ago
Waters of the Dancing Sky is a complicated tale of brokenness and renewal. Author Janet Kay weaves together a story with themes of shame and violence, redemption and forgiveness set in a beautiful, rural lake community. Beth Calhoun has been married to her successful attorney husband for twenty years. They have a nineteen-year-old daughter. Throughout their marriage, Beth has endured her husband's philandering as well as mental and physical abuse. As the story opens, Beth and Rob are separated, but have agreed to meet at the family home to discuss their marriage. "In her loneliness, Beth had actually looked forward to spending an evening with Rob. She hoped he had come to his senses after a two-month absence." Rob, who is living with his pregnant, twenty-two-year-old girlfriend, shows up drunk and tries to force himself on Beth. He leaves without completing the act and Beth is left alone to lick her wounds and contemplate the end of her marriage. When Beth receives a call from an old family friend about her grandmother, Nana's, impending death, she takes the opening and leaves her home and her life in Chicago for good. Beth heads for Minnesota. After Nana passes, Beth moves into the house on the family island on Rainy Lake. Here Beth learns the identity of her absent father and the truth about her mother's untimely death. This book is beautifully written, from the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from influential writers such as James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and more, to the sharp descriptions of the remote lake community located on the Minnesota/Ontario international border. Kay has skillfully developed a character who has allowed her history of victimization to consumer her and thus stunt her growth as a woman. Beth's life epitomizes the hold that abuse can have on a woman. She has people who love her enough to protect her inheritance from her husband, yet Beth remained in an abusive marriage for twenty years. Kay does a wonderful job of bringing to life not only the landscape and structures around the Rainy Lake area, like the Kettle Falls Hotel, but she also paints amazing pictures of life on an island in this region: the use of boats to get to the mainland for supplies; the need to stock-up when major storms hit the area; and being stranded on the islands until the lake freezes over and can be safely crossed on skies and, eventually, on snowmobiles. While Rob removes all of the funds from their joint bank accounts and deliberately slows the dissolution of their marriage, Beth not only learns about her family's secrets, but also learns about herself. She begins to slowly reframe the negative messages her husband fed her throughout their marriage. She learns to live alone happily. And eventually, she falls in love. This is a wonderful story. The author creates a world that is a mix of longstanding pain and an amazing offering of nature's beauty. This story has the power to teach readers about the necessity of self-preservation, self-love, and the enduring care of family. Waters of the Dancing Sky is a brilliant tale of second chances and building a better, stronger life. I highly recommend it.