‘Totems of September’ – A novel of loss, healing and redemption
“Totems of September,” a poignant, descriptive story of four generations of LaFleur women, uses the Native American storytelling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives.
The book was co-authored by Dr. Robin LaDue, Emmy nominated and award-winning author of the “Journey through the Healing Circle” books and video, and a Cowlitz native; and local writer Mary Kay Voss.
It is interspersed with the culture of the Northwest and Plains tribes through the use of animal legends and myths.
The juxtaposition of Wyoming’s Devils Tower and the tragedy of Sept. 11 brings to light little-known Native American history as well as current themes such as U.S. soldiers’ struggle through the fog of war and PTSD stemming from the war in Afghanistan and the devastating health risks of 9/11 rescue workers.
Three memorable characters – dating from the early 1900s to 2006 – their lineage and their families are woven together through the threads of history, human connections, hope and redemption.
The tenacity, warmth, humor and love of Geronimo Barse and Billy Hawk shine through their painful experiences in the Indian boarding schools, World War II, and the loss of so many loved ones.
Lola LeFleur and all the LeFleur women before her and to follow fight desperately to change their perceived destiny.
The warmth and healing of the ranch, and the stability of Devils Tower in a world of terror, are integral factors in the healing of so many shattered lives.
“Totems of September” is available at the Edmonds Bookshop.