Keeper'n Me

Keeper'n Me

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When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.

Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.

The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway--both ancient and modern--by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.

By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy--as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada
Copyright Date: ℗♭1994
ISBN: 9780385674775
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Keeper and me

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Mar 17, 2017

I've read a few of Wagamese's books, and was somewhat disappointed with this one. Too much repetition and the book could have been edited down some 50 pages or so.

Aug 08, 2015

Very funny and honest.

brianreynolds Sep 27, 2011

For all its failings as a novel (lack of conflict, lack of plot, lack of relevant action, lack of subtlety, lack of likable characters) Keeper'n Me is a good sermon. It is politically correct and spiritually uplifting. What it lacks in "romance", it excels in "ritual" to the point of becoming an interminable infomercial. Bursting at the seams with folk humour and wisdom, it teeters on the edge of parody, something the badly maligned (by Wagamese) CBC pulled off so much better with its "Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour." A half hour of Keeper would have been sufficient. A few hymns. A scripture. A group hug for sure. The message is one that I could applaud: the generosity and respect shown by Natives to a lost sheep returned to his fold is cause for celebration whether it's told in painfully Broken English, Ojibway, or the King James Version. I don't dispute for a second the truth of his vision, but it saddens me greatly that it falls so terribly short of what it might have been.


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Garnet Raven was taken from his home when he was three and grew up in a series of foster homes. As an adult he goes looking for his lost heritage and his soul.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 24, 2010

Garnet Raven was taken from his home when he was three and grew up in a series of foster homes. As an adult he goes looking for his lost heritage and his soul.


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