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Trusting the Currents by [Lynnda Pollio]

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Trusting the Currents Kindle Edition

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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled
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"While Pollio admirably asks "what right did I have to tell a black southern woman's story?" her saga holds surprising power, at times approaching the grandeur of The Color Purple and Beloved with the insights of a delightful wise-child narrator. Gorgeous imagining of a touching, memorable guiding spirit." - Kirkus Reviews

"Pollio taps into the hardships of the rural South during the 1930s in this gripping, lyrical story about a young girl coming of age in a region full of prejudice and exploitation. Twelve-year-old Addie Mae and her informally adopted sister, Jenny, are thick as thieves on their unnamed country farmhouse. Mama watches over the two girls, who are constantly getting in trouble--sometimes of their own doing, but often the curious girls are unsuspecting bystanders to local tragedies. As Mama becomes more concerned with finding a husband, and Uncle Joe lazily drinks his days away on the farm, Addie begins to explore recent events of child kidnappings. In the prologue, Pollio explains how Addie's voice came to her after the death of her father, imploring the author to relay her story. Readers may find Pollio's explanation a bit eccentric, but the simple, affecting tale of Addie's life is engrossing. Religion, culture, and family blend together seamlessly in this haunting and refreshing story. Publisher's Weekly BookLife
"Trusting the Currents is a wonderful surprise--a beautifully written novel that hits all the right notes. It's not easy for a writer, many writers particularly one of a different race and culture to take on a completely different voice, and it frequently is not done well. "Trusting the Currents," however, does it beautifully. The writing is artistic and evocative without being over the top. The same can be said for many writers overdo a black Southern voice, constantly reminding readers what they're trying to do without actually doing it, but that's not the case here. Readers feel they are really hearing Addie Mae's story. The inspirational story lines, both the author's, which nicely frames the story, and Addie Mae's, are almost incidental to simply being with this strong and spirited soul. The tragedies in the book, as well as the high points, are done well and fit naturally into the storyline. The characters are beautifully drawn and realistic." Writer's Digest
"Lynnda Pollio guides us gently but mindfully through the darkness and beyond the place where blood is born. Trusting the Currents slips through the skin, stains the eyeball. In a recurrent dream I am standing in the center of a circle with my maternal elders.My initiation assignment is to weave a basket tight enough to hold water. I run throughout the forest gathering sticks, bark,reeds, stalks. Of course from dream to dream, the basket is never tight enough. When I neared the closing chapter of Trusting the Currents, I knew I would dream that dream again facing myself in the eyes of wise women.The women of Trusting the Currents traveled with me and showed me that my ancestors were holding and offering everything I've ever needed to hold the water. This ethereal story narrative chants the wild instructions for weaving the collective refuge-building spiritual baskets that are needed in this time of now, in this space of here. The voices in Trusting the Currents refuse to be muted as they bring us face to face across the divides of race, class, religion. This is a powerful story that is an offering, a revival, benediction, altar, and a powerful calling for the return of all long-obscured matriarchs. All praises for Trusting the Currents...highly evolved and enlightening." Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

From the Author

Trusting the Currents has been a journey of over 12 years. Addie Mae teachings inspired me, transformed me. I hope she does the same for you. Please let me know if Addie Mae speaks to you. Thank you!

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  • File Size : 472 KB
  • Publication Date : November 4, 2013
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 288 pages
  • Publisher : SageHeart Media (November 4, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • ASIN : B00GH15WB8
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0989195325
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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