Cree: To Believe In The World by Verena Andermatt Conley

April 23, 2019

By Sarah Carter

Have you ever completed a book and sighed with satisfaction? What about slammed a book shut, enraged at the ending? How about gradually closing the book, cock your head to the side, and think to yourself why haven't you read this book before? This is one of those books.

“Cree: To Believe in the World” by Verena Andermatt Conley is a delightful tale of finding oneself and finding love after divorce. With her divorce final just months before, Elle Baxter, a sociologist, has agreed to receive an opportunity to investigate and write an educational and promotional piece for a travel magazine about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a large wilderness in northern Minnesota along the Canadian border. Later on, she unexpectedly falls in love with her young guide, Cree, who helped Elle reconnect with the world and with herself. Her daughter, Amber becomes envious of her mom's relationship with Cree and intervenes in the affair. The experience in the wilderness and the encounter with the young man transform the mother's life and the daughter's life in lasting ways.

This book gives emphasis on relationships and how they might not always be perfect. The story tells you what happened in a relationship and how going on a trip for work with your children could change your life forever. It does reflect the mayhem that goes on within families especially after a divorce. I felt the book was decently written. I love and greatly appreciate the beautiful writing. It’s accessible, it’s not clunky, and it allows for a smooth creation of the characters and events. I think the author did a great job with this. 

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