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Keeper'n Me

Written by: Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Deneh'Cho Thompson,Sam Bob
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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.

©2011 Richard Wagamese (P)2018 Anchor Canada

What the critics say

"A fascinating read...I loved the revelations of a child taken away from the love of his family and put out to where his spirit was lost...Wagamese's book is about healing the lost soul" (Tantoo Cardinal)

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Beautiful

Takes me back to the north where I grew up, the stories, the becoming human in a good way teachings are gently and gorgeously articulated. Loved the characters. I want to listen to it again.

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one of my new favourites

Richard Wagamese is my favourite writer. This book is beautiful. It is full of knowledge and experience in rediscovery of self and culture. I'm blown away with a smile on my face and lots to think about from this for a long time yet. Thank you. I definitely recommend.

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One of the greatest stories ive ever heard

Im not indigenous but i could relate to the character Garnett Raven in that i always felt the longing to find my home and my people. A place where i belong. A beautifully narrated and well written story whether your indigenous or not.

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Powerful storytelling

I related to this story a lot as my mom was scooped and as a result I was removed from my culture and decades later came back to it. So many times I cried reading this book yearning for the love and connection of family and my culture. It reinvigorated the motivation in me to keep learning, seeking, reaching and walking toward what was missing in me my whole life. Thank you for that.

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Amazing Story

Great readers. Hearfelt journey of sadness, humor, and family. A must read for any one.

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No story line and awkward description of indigenous lifestyle

Listening to the book, I got an impression that they all didn’t work, spent days praying, making tea, playing and discovering the nature. The things the Main character was seeing or feeling made me believe it was not just tobacco he was smoking.. well, I wish I could enjoy the life like that too, but someone has to work to generate taxes

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Rich, beautiful story telling

Rich, beautiful story telling, no surprise given the author.
And near perfect audio, I love that there was a 2nd voice for keeper.

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Enjoyable Read

Keeper' N Me is my second favourite book by Richard Wagamese. The dual narrators really add something to the story. Hearing the story from two perspectives is unique and an enjoyable listening experience.

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Its good

It’s pretty good I recommend it decently made me cry here and there loved it

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Beautifully written

What a storyteller! loved the humor and education. wish there was more. it's a must listen!

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