Book Review – Cricket: Secret Child of a Sixties Supermodel

Posted: January 23, 2014 in What Mrs. Finnigan's Reading
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One thing I absolutely need to have while I’m writing is some sound in the background. Mornings and evenings, I’ll have Pandora playing on my computer, but midday and throughout the afternoon, I prefer tuning in to one of my local public radio stations. It was on one such day when I turned on KISU and heard Antonia Gonzales introducing the day’s guest on Native America Calling. Susan Fedorko of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa-Ojibwe was discussing her book and her experiences as a predominantly Native child adopted by white parents. The issue of adoption across ethnic and cultural borders had also touched my family, so I called in to share.

I was a lucky caller that day. A while later (I won’t say how long), a package arrived for me in the mail containing a signed copy of Cricket and a note apologizing for its late arrival. Not a problem. I had a lot of books on my list to finish anyway.

When I finally got around to reading it, I was delighted by the very matter-of-fact, almost conversational tone of the whole book. She wrote about feeling unwanted and the struggles that came with finding her biological family without any melodrama, but if she glossed anything over, I didn’t notice. I was similarly impressed with the frank but down-to-earth way she described the tears, hugs, and high-running emotions of meeting long-lost relatives. A lesser writer might handle that subject with all the maudlin, hamfisted, cliches of some tear-jerker movie.

Life, as we well know, is not like that. With this book, it was clear to me that I wasn’t just reading a story. I was reading life. And what a life!
Thanks, Ms. Fedorko, for sharing it.

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