Wise, winking, woeful and wild, the words of Addrena Sumter-Freitag lift off the page and sweep you with them into worlds hidden, forgotten, repressed and denied. She is a black child in a white prairie city, a young woman in the ungentle hands of racism and love, a sage tale-spinner who will challenge and confront you, caress and console you, make you hoot with laughter and clap your hands with joy. She reaches back into her people's history and forward into rebirth -- with her eyes always, always, on the prize of this pure moment of absolute alive.
War, peace & getting by for one Black family in Winnipeg.Review -
'Addena Sumter-Freitag bounces between voices and characters with ease like a honey bee going from flower to flower pollinating our minds with the multiple perspectives of her subjects. Each person feels authentic as she takes on the weight and history of her family and provides them with release through these stories and poems. It's a trip into the past well worth taking.' - RC Weslowski, Poet of Honour, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2008Review #2 -
'...a gifted storyteller. With honesty and a keen ear for voices, she narrates how one girl finds the strength to survive cruelty from both the family and the outside world. Her words remind us to stay alert and tender, to feel fully, and to respect the power of memory.' - Rita Wong, author of forage.