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Waters of the Dancing Sky
Author Name: Janet Kay
Subject: Fiction
ISBN: 9781605942780
Size of Book: 6 x 9
Book Pages: 266
Price: $16.95
Date Submitted: April 05, 2010
Name Of Reviewer: Don Bacue Name Of Publication: International Features Syndicate April 05, 2010

"Beth Calhoun is every woman's inspiration...and nightmare. Living in an elegant high rise overlooking Chicago's Lake Michigan, she seems to have everything going for her. And then her dream world bursts open at the seams. When her uncle calls to tell her that her grandmother is dying, images of her own mother's mysterious death when Beth was only six dance in her head. Her grandmother had taken her in and raised her, been her strength, provided her source of hope, happiness and inspiration.

Rushing to her grandmother's home on a lake set far into the Midwestern wilderness, Beth recognizes a hauntingly real need to delve into her life. But where to begin? She finds an old trunk in the attic, filled with her mother's diaries and poetry. Will the secreted items she unveils in the dim must of the ancient room shed light on her past? Will they illuminate her future?...

WATERS OF THE DANCING SKY is an elegantly told story filled with twists and turns, pain and tenderness, conflicts and resolution. Touched by the spirits of Native Americans long since passed from this world, emboldened by the majesty and the magic of the North Woods that surround her, Beth learns at last to live life anew ... to let go of the past and embrace the future, whatever it might bring...

This is a book not of Beth Calhoun and her quest for peace, love, and enlightment. This is a book about the universality of life. It is a book about the magic of the human spirit and the often wisp-like will of the human mind. Highly recommended reading for lovers of life erverywhere."

"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love - the only survival, the only meaning." Thornton Wilder Sometimes you must tiptoe across that bridge linking this world with the next. Sometimes it is the only way to put the twisted pieces of one's life back together again. Beth Calhoun is a middle-aged woman haunted by a tragic past - the drowning of her young mother, the shame of having no father. Escaping from an abusive marriage, she retreats to her family's wilderness island home on Rainy Lake along the Minnesota/Ontario international border. Here she embarks upon a journey of self-discovery that flows through a series of wilderness adventures, past and present. As she delves into her mother's old diaries, she discovers long-held family secrets including the shocking identity of her mysterious father. Spirits of the past emerge as she struggles through a complex web of emotions and shifting relationships. Can she forgive and put the past behind her? Can she learn to trust and to love again? Waters of the Dancing Sky is an inspirational love story, an intriguing blend of fact and fiction that weaves an appreciation of nature and local Ojibwe culture into mankind's eternal search for meaning.