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This historical fiction about an Indigenous child's abduction is poignant, wrenching at times, and hopeful.  The dual narrative features Joe and Norma over fifty years.  It's an intense story about family and loss.  Joe and Norma's alternating narration heightens the wonder of if they will ever reunite--will Norma finally make sense of the dreams from her childhood and will Joe ever stop blaming himself?  

From the publisher:
A four-year-old Mi’kmaq girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a tragic mystery that haunts the survivors, unravels a community, and remains unsolved for nearly fifty years.

July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, vanishes. She is last seen by her six-year-old brother, Joe, sitting on a favorite rock at the edge of a berry field. Joe will remain distraught by his sister’s disappearance for years to come.

In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as the only child of an affluent family. Her father is emotionally distant, her mother frustratingly overprotective. Norma is often troubled by recurring dreams and visions that seem more like memories than imagination. As she grows older, Norma slowly comes to realize there is something her parents aren’t telling her. Unwilling to abandon her intuition, she will spend decades trying to uncover this family secret.

#52bookclub prompt 46: Features Indeginous culture.

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