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September Book Club

The Seed Keeper

by Diane Wilson
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Please note the CHANGE IN TIME for this meeting:  6:00 PM instead of 6:30 PM, due to earlier darkness.

Also see additional important meeting information below. 

A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakota family's struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakota people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn't return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato--where the reserved, bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they've inherited.

On a winter's day many years later, Rosalie returns to her childhood home. A widow and mother, she has spent the previous two decades on her white husband's farm, finding solace in her garden even as the farm is threatened first by drought and then by a predatory chemical company. Now, grieving, Rosalie begins to confront the past, on a search for family, identity, and a community where she can finally belong. In the process, she learns what it means to be descended from women with souls of iron--women who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through generations of hardship and loss, through war and the insidious trauma of boarding schools.

Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, The Seed Keeper is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationship to the seeds and, through them, to our ancestors.

For more information contact:
Maureen Kinney

The September Book Club will meet in person in the roofed picnic shelter of Riverside International Friendship Gardens. If the shelter is not available, we will meet at the Gardens entryway to select a different spot in the park, so bring a chair, and also perhaps a light given the earlier darkness.  If weather is severe, we will meet via Zoom.

All participants should still Register! Registrants will receive a backup Zoom link if the outdoor venue needs to be canceled. They will also receive another timely email confirming whether or not the outdoor location is a "go."

Monday, September 26, 2022, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Riverside Park International Gardens, weather permitting. A backup Zoom link will also be sent.
La Crosse , WI  
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