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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Portage & Main Pr; Critical ed edition (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894110439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894110433
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 28 2004
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I think this is a very strong novel, it had touched me. But some people are misunderstanding what it's about. The timeline of the novel was through 50's to 70's. Beatrice wasn't relating to the present, she was relating it from the past. All incidents may not have occured to just one person, but to different people, and maybe she wanted to put it all in one story to get it out for the people that had happened to. You need experience to know and feel the story. Not only first nation, but to people who have experinced racism or predjudice. To the people who were picked on beacuse the way they looked like, where their background came from,the way they sound differently, dressed differently.....and so on. There are people who haven't seen everything yet in their lives, then that's when they make assumptions on the way they will treat the different person they see in their eyes poorly.
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By Marianne Laine on Jan. 21 2014
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this book I required for school, I got it cheaper on amazon then at my college bookstore, I couldn't put it down , I had to force myself to go to bed 15 chapters later, it is a great story and I got it really fast!
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By Linda St. Pierre on March 30 2013
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Thanks so much, 5 star recommendation, can't wait to start reading it, been looking for this book everywhere glad you have it! :D
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By Darlene M. on Feb. 15 2013
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This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It addresses denial of self, denial of culture, and.... and just read the book! It's a fantastic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Illyria Fey on Feb. 4 2004
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This story was written and set in my hometown of Winnipeg. I'm writing a review not because I feel the need to examine or analyse, but rather because this book had a major impact on me when I was around 13 and I think its incredible that it has not gained greater recognition/appreciation.
To summarize in brief, this book is a told through the eyes of April, a young Metis girl whose parents are caring but neglectful alcoholics. The story follows April and her sister, Cheryl, as they are taken from their parents and enter the foster care system. Passed from white family to white family, their lives are comfortable at best, hell at the worst; never are they truly at home, rarely do they see their parents. Their experiences differ because they are split up almost immediately. Their difference in experience lead them down divided paths - one of them extremely tragic.
As a teenage white girl, this book shocked and horrified me. Out of all the books I read during that time period, I think this one drew the most empathy and the most lasting reaction. I can still recall the nightmarish rape scene from this book and cringe at the memory. Culleton is an amazing writer. She draws you into the story and the hearts of the characters. Its impossible to put the book down and simply forget about what you've read. I believe Culleton based the book on her own experiences, but I'm not certain. What I do know for a fact is that this book is realistic. I live in this city, I grew up in the neigbourhood written about, and friends of mine work for CFS (Child & Family Services). This book is not an exaggeration and knowing that for a fact when you read it makes for even more of an impact.
The story is dramatic and touching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Klein on Feb. 11 2001
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Beatrice Culleton Mosionier's "In Search of April Raintree" is a masterfully written fiction novel about two Metis sisters seperated from their family and each other at a young age. The novel, although fiction, gives the reader an all too true account of the plight of the native people. The story follows the two sisters' seperate yet intimately connective lives. That's all I choose to say about the story line as the novel works on many levels. It is brilliantly written and intriguing how the characters evolve and influence each other throughout the book. To say any more would be a disservice to the potential reader. ENJOY!
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