THE STONE COLLECTION: THE DEBWE SERIES, by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Highwater Press


In the Anishnaabe language and worldview, stones are alive, infused with life force or spirit. Although many of the stories are about loss, under that surface they are alive, celebrating the beauty and preciousness of life. —Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

In these 14 unique stories, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of modern Anishinaabe experience. Through unforgettable characters, these stories—about love and lust, suicide and survival, illness and wholeness—illuminate the strange workings of the human heart.

The Stone Collection is one title in The Debwe Series.

approx. 150 pages

Out October 2015


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Another book in the Debwe series.  This too is a quick read. This book made me feel a full range of emotions. Often I found the stories very funny and then BAM! The next would hit me right between the eyes. I adored the author’s voice and give great kudos for being able to draw emotional reactions from the reader.

This book also showed a bleaker side to life.  Although a bit low on the emotional scale, it did end with me hating the book but actually reflecting on myself, my life, my purpose.  Again, Kudos to author.  There were times that the stories just broke my heart, such as Chloe.

There’s a lot of aspects to the story collected in “The Stone Collection.” There’s love, lust, suicide and survival. You read about illness and wholeness and all tug at the heart-strings. I appreciated the wit and charm of the stories and the strength of love displayed.

You’ll enjoy the journey.

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