New novel set in northeastern Minn. from Linda LeGarde Grover
Local author Linda LeGarde Grover’s newest novel , “A Song over Miskwaa Rapids,” was released Tuesday.
It’s her fourth fiction novel that features the fictional territory of Mozhay Point.
“The people in this book, many of them made appearances in earlier books and especially the novel, ‘The Road Back to Sweetgrass,’ which is about some young women coming of age in the early ’70s, this story has those same young women but it’s like this year,” LeGarde Grover said.
She says just as the people in her books age, so does the environment.
“The land is its own entity here, but there is the story of something that has happened in the past is with us today and sometimes pops up unexpectedly,” she said. “And so there’s a mystery here.”
While the locations in the book are fictional, LeGarde Grover says there are similarities to her own reservation, Bois Forte, as well as Fond du Lac and Grand Portage.
“I want to recount a history, and I want to recount it in a way that people might be open to reading about and to thinking about but that is not a nonfiction book.”
She hopes readers feel invited into the world and are entertained.
The University of Minnesota Press and Zenith Bookstore are cohosting a release party for “A Song over Miskwaa Rapids” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Zeitgeist.