Sarvet's Wanderyar Paperback – August 16, 2013
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About the Author
- Paperback : 112 pages
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0615743099
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.29 x 8 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615743097
- Publisher : Wild Unicorn Books; 1st Edition (August 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,634,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ney-Grimm writes well, and cleanly. It feels very much like home in many ways, except that the communities here have chosen to do things differently: men live in their own lodges, and so do women. The small amount of implied sexual awakening is very appropriate - you can't tell a story like this if you don't include all sides of the person; you could still read this story to children.
The problems are the same: how to grow up, how to become who you really are, what to learn - and how to love. The mother/daughter relationship is particularly well described: can we save our loved ones pain, how, and how much?
This is a world where you KNOW there are other stories, a well-constructed world that stays with you after you finish this part of Sarvet's story.
In many cultures it’s unfortunately true, young girls and women are treated as second class citizens. While they’re constantly being told what they can and can’t do, the protagonist in this story, Sarvet, has it even more difficult since she walks with a relentless shuffle.
While the Hammarleeding mountain society which she’s part of restrains all girls close to the confines of their village, Sarvet is further hindered by her own mother who relentlessly reminds her of the myriad of things she can’t do. However, her mindset does not allow this from doing the things she’s determined to do. Sarvet has to overcome the sexual discrimination which keeps her from having the opportunities the boys get through the wandaryar they receive, in other words boys are educated in ways girls are not.
This short but poignant story is one which educates its readers regarding the coming of age for its protagonist, Sarvet. Her strong will and determination takes her from being a naïve and frighten young girl into that of a knowing and astonishing woman. The story shows that dreams no matter how improbable possess the ability of becoming realities if one sets their minds into doing the impossible.
For having written this empowering story for any young who reads it, I’ve given the author, J.M. Ney-Grimm, 5 STARS for her endeavor here.
I am utterly astounded at the insight that Ney-Grimm has into the conflicts that are fundamental to being a human in a world with other humans. "Winter Glory" made me sit and think; "Sarvet's Wanderyar" comes very, very close to making me cry, because Ney-Grimm describes so perfectly the circumstances, emotions, and choices that produce a life-changing crisis. For more information on this, expansion and extension of this review is available in my blog, Papa Pat Rambles. It also contains material related to "Winter Glory," which was my introduction to Ney-Grimm's writing. WARNING : that post contains spoilers, which are NOT included in this review.
Nearly 15 years old, Sarvet lives with her Sisters, in a community of women. At regular but infrequent times, the Sisters are host to the Brothers, who live some distance away in a community of their own. Except for these special holidays, there is no interaction between men and women; boy children stay with their mothers, only until they are old enough to join the Brothers in their home.
The book begins with the morning of one of the special holidays, Other-joy. There are a number of events to be celebrated this day, and one of them is the 'linking' ceremony, which we would call a wedding. Following the linking, the couple lives together for a month, then return to live in community houses, to be united only at the designated holidays. (I may have some small part of the details wrong, but that's the basic idea).
Sarvet is too young to be a candidate for the linking ceremony, but will progress through other ceremonies for a few years until she is eligible.
However, there is a problem.
Sarvet had a birth injury that has made her lame, and causes her chronic pain. Her Birth-Mother, Paiam, is adamantly opposed to the thought of Sarvet progressing further along the ceremonies of maturity. In fact, Paiam opposes all physical activity for Sarvet, and has attempted to forbid her from participating in the life of the Sister House by insisting that she be removed from the roster of chores requiring anything other than the most sedentary of activities. Sarvet hates this approach, and wishes that she could be defined and celebrated for all that she IS able to do, and not by what she can't. It does take her more effort to walk, and running is impossible, and yet Sarvet has learned coping skills that allow her to perform many tasks, even if it takes her more time.
Sarvet is not without allies. Lodge-Mother Johtaia, the head of the Sister House, has used her authority in small ways to make her life easier. However, a showdown, which no one really wants, and yet everyone seems to be conspiring to make happen, will take place very soon.
And the stage is set.