Alexandra is shocked to learn that the father she never knew has died and left her a cabin in rural Manitoba She knows she must visit the cabin even while she grieves for her unknown father There she meets Lonny, a boy also tom by grief and visions he can t shake His family once owned the land Alex has inherited But Lonny rejected it, never dreaming it would go to Alex Lonny and Alex are haunted by pasts they cannot change Now, guiding spirits of their Native Canadian ancestors have brought them together to face their futures


10 thoughts on “Bone Dance

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    This book was a stunner I m embarrassed that I d never heard of it or of Brooks before The language is polished, at times biting or lyrical The characters drive everything and have depth and originality Bone Dance crossed the invisible line and is literature I grew up all over the prairies, and this book feels like home Brooks nails the landscape like no other author I ve read While books with spirits often insert them with a heavy hand Warning Native moment ahead , the spirits and the This book was a stunner I m embarrassed that I d never heard of it or of Brooks before The language is polished, at times biting or lyrical The characters drive everything and have depth and originality Bone Dance crossed the invisible line and is literature I grew up all over the prairies, and this book feels like home Brooks nails the landscape like no other author I ve read While books with spirits often insert them with a heavy hand Warning Native moment ahead , the spirits and the dreams of this book seem real, as though they re part of the ecosystem of the characters.A few bits to keep Running in a dark winter park, teens howling wolf like She stopped to watch the others howling and leaping And it was at this moment that she knew her grandfather had just moved, without saying good bye, far beyond her reach With absolute certainty, her heart thudding against her chest, she knew that he had slipped past her, past them all, past the dark of winter and midnight and consciousness and eating and sleeping and caring Then she watched as her own breath rose in front of her astonished eyes, took form, and floated like a spirit hand on the crystal air Here he was, almost eighteen years old, and still, even in his waking life, the damn tears could come They rolled from his eyes and fell through soap clouds into the dishwater But wishing won t change things, he thought It s just a trick you play on yourself when you come up against something that makes you wake up inside your life


  2. Shawn Bird Shawn Bird says:

    Beautifully written and poignant Not surprised this one was awarded the Governor General s Literary Award.


  3. Evonne Evonne says:

    At first, confusing Names disconnected from people you haven t even met Voices switching back and forth between other people, speakers, you haven t even met Locations here and there and then somewhere else.But that only lasts for the first few short chapters It isn t very long before you re all oriented and then it s good good good.Two strong sensible, but quite lost and confused, people Two loving families broken by deaths Two dreamers, dreaming things they don t understand.See Just re At first, confusing Names disconnected from people you haven t even met Voices switching back and forth between other people, speakers, you haven t even met Locations here and there and then somewhere else.But that only lasts for the first few short chapters It isn t very long before you re all oriented and then it s good good good.Two strong sensible, but quite lost and confused, people Two loving families broken by deaths Two dreamers, dreaming things they don t understand.See Just reading the book has made me all cryptic It s a lovely read about two teenagers, a little haunted Full of First Nations thinking and beautiful language, it makes you want to uncover every little untruth you ve ever spread and just tell the naked truth to everyone you know just to get the freedom that comes with making things right Set aside two hours It s short and punchy Read it You ll like it


  4. Mary Mackie Mary Mackie says:

    I enjoyed it.


  5. Zie Zie says:

    dnf it wasn t necessarily bad, it just bored me.


  6. Pyrate Queen Pyrate Queen says:

    Alexandra Sinclair is the granddaughter of a Cree World War II veteran She is also the daughter of a lone wolf who left her mother shortly after Alex was born Upon his death, Alex discovers that her father left her land and a cabin by a lake as well as 17,000 to cover property taxes in Manitoba Seventeen years old and unsure of her future, she decides to take a look at the land and live there for the summer while she sorts everything out.


  7. Kyla Belvedere Kyla Belvedere says:

    I have no idea why this book has such a low rating The writing is perfection The characters are great AND it is one of the only FN novels I have ever read that isn t centred on abuse Sure, there is alcoholism with a caucasian character, and mentioned about another FN character , but there is no sexual and physical abuse which was frankly quite refreshing.This novel would be excellent for a grade 10 11 class.


  8. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Re reading this book again sends me to the Prairie world that Brooks evokes so brilliantly and tenderly in her fiction One of my favourites of her novels, I love the connections that Brooks makes between land and spirit and those we love


  9. Betsy Betsy says:

    Very prettily written with an ethereal feel This is a small story about two teenagers at a crossing point in their lives Uses the imagery, icons and rythms of the Canadian Northern native americans You ll be surprised how 150 pages stick with you for days.


  10. Salsabrarian Salsabrarian says:

    A parcel of land is part of the lives of two young people Alexandra inherits it from her father whom she never knew Lonny grew up on it and never wanted it after his mother s death Real Indian mystical, with both of them experiencing prophetic dreams and visions.