When Loretta Surrenders her young daughters to the country and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country’s long devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, ages three and four, and her absence haunts the lives she has touched – and all the stories they tell in this novel. In the Night of Memory returns to the fictional reservation of Linda LeGarde Grover’s previous award-winning books, introducing readers to a new generation of the Gallette family as Azure and Rain make their way home.
After a string of foster placements, from cold to kind to cruel, the girls find their way back to their extended Mozhay family, and a new set of challenges, and stories, unfolds. Deftly, Grover conjures a chorus of women’s voices to fill in the sorrows and joys, the loves and the losses that have brought the girls and their people to this moment. Through reconciliation is possible, some ruptures simply cannot be lived with. In the Night of Memory creates a nuanced, moving, sometimes humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.
Written by Linda LeGarde Grover