Club Book Episode 91 Linda LeGarde Grover
Award-winning novelist and poet Linda LeGarde Grover is a poignant chronicler of the modern Native American experience. A member of the Bois Forte Band of the Chippewa Tribe – and long-time professor of American Indian studies at UMN Duluth – Grover first made waves in the literary world with her 2010 short story collection The Dance Boots. This debut garnered Grover the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award. Recent releases include essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (2017), winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction. Grover’s first novel, The Road Back to Sweetgrass (2014), followed the diverging paths of three Ojibwe women. In a rave review, the Pioneer Press notes: “At heart, [Sweetgrass] is a story about longing for home, with traditions of pow-wows and wild ricing… and of coming of age when the Anishinaabe struggled to preserve their culture in a changing world.” In her much anticipated follow up, In the Night of Memory, the author returns to northern Minnesota and weaves a moving tale of family loss and redemption. It hit shelves on April 2.