Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny is the story of Donovan Manypenny. Raised by his grandparents on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation until their passing when he is ten years old, he becomes a ward of the state of Wisconsin and enters the child welfare system – foster care, children’s home, and adoption. The trauma he experiences as a result of losing his grandparents and way of life leads him to put his past behind him for over forty-three years. Then at the age of fifty-three, events in his life take him back to his childhood home, retracing the historical westward migration of his Ojibwe ancestors. Heartfelt and bittersweet, and layered with meaning, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny will resonate with anyone who longs to make the journey home, wherever that may be, as well those who seek or have experienced cultural or spiritual awakening, and healing.
"Compelling and lyrical, Thomas Peacock's writing tells an exquisitely rich story of complex times. The moments, smells are those remembered by many and speaking to the Anishinaabe experience and soul. I am grateful for these words."--Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor the Earth
"Thomas Peacock’s thoughtful and inspiring novel is a true “Indin” story, a poignant journey home to Blueberry Road. Blending history, storytelling and personal reflection, this tender story is a reminder that our ties to family and place can survive even the deepest loss."--Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life
"What a beautiful coming home story woven within the traditional migration story of the Ojibwe people. 'Cause us Indins always come home.' (Ramona) We are at a time in history when these stories need to be written and shared by ourselves to and for each other. And Peacock does this by creating a crystal clear mirror for understanding who we are and why."--Marcie Rendon, author of Murder on the Red River
"It was an honor to take this journey with Donovan Manypenny. He had lived with his traditional maternal grandparents until they died. When he was ten years old, he was orphaned and was rejected and abused until he became adopted by a loving white couple. They took him to the east coast and there he remained for 43 years, separated from his culture. There he discovered a hunger within him that could only be satisfied by going home. Soon he was on the road to Red Cliff, following the wolf trail back to his beginning. Donovan Manypenny was reluctant to face the past but found encouragement along the way and healing in friendship and power in his dreams." --Anne M. Dunn, author of Fire in the Village: New & Selected Stories