The Stone Collection
by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Grade: grade 12 to adult
A Story Circle Network Finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
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.
[Akiwenzie-Damm’s] luminescent prose in this book dances “like jingle dress dancers,” and is somehow still compressed to shining perfection.
–Publishers Weekly, A Starred Review
Generous, funny and dark, The Stone Collection doesn’t pull its emotional punches but it leavens its grim truths with bright humour and earthy lust. Akiwenzie-Damm’s writing shape-shifts and mesmerizes in short stories that tell us no matter how hard the journey, love can heal us all.
–EDEN ROBINSON Author, Monkey Beach
The Stone Collection is a stunning house of story moving intimately through the harshness and graceful moments of Indigenous lives with humility and beauty. You will come out the other side of this book with a fuller heart.
–LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON Author, Islands of Decolonial Love
A dreamblur of raw desire, heartbreak and heartache. …The Stone Collection is literary and soul perfection. Mahsi cho for sharing these stories!!
–RICHARD VAN CAMP Author, The Lesser Blessed and Angel Wing Splash Pattern