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Writers write, and healing happens.


Celebrated writer Mona Susan Power sank into years of depression. Her new book, “A Council of Dolls,” offered her a chance to heal.

Devised in nesting chapters that move backward in time from the ’60s and ’30s to the turn of the 20th century, “Council” weaves a dense, prismatic portrait of three generations irrevocably altered by the “re-education” of Native American children at U.S. government-run boarding schools — and bound together by the various dolls that bring them comfort and companionship.



“This story is very much about healing,” Power said. “Not that healing is ever complete. It’s a process, but you really can make huge leaps. I’m in a place now I never thought was possible — so much healthier, so much happier, so much more stable. After losing decades, really, life is just starting all over again.”


My book, Redeemed, A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood will be published June 25, 2024.

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