The Debut Novel by award-winning writer Don Engebretson
Publication Date: October 1, 2021 — GUERNICA WORLD EDITIONS
Poor Russell Dean, golden boy of American advertising. His meticulously crafted career has brought him awards, wealth, fame, an idyllic lifestyle and a beautiful wife. But now his wife is divorcing him, he's surrounded by fools and Russell is in a tailspin. A golf vacation to a remote Ontario resort town is exactly what he needs to help recharge his batteries and skate through a rare rough patch.
Or not. Mysterious natural forces far beyond his control and the wildly disparate collection of characters he meets — including three skilled, powerful women and a mirthful Ojibwe fishing guide — have decidedly different plans.
Welcome to the Canadian wilderness, Mr. Dean. Welcome to Kamini: Danger, Suspense, Mysticism, Romance and Live Bait.
BACK COVER REVIEWS:
Don has written a jewel of the north. His debut novel is utterly charming, with a pitch-perfect ear for the brisk wit and easy rhythms of a northern Ontario resort community. The entertaining characters are warm and welcoming, even while they're poking fun at you. This book, this place, is the soul-restoring vacation you need right now. Take it.
—Stephanie Wilbur Ash, author of The Annie Year
Welcome to Kamini introduces Ojibwe fishing guide John Dogrib, along with bits of Ojbwe lore, language and humor. It was a pleasure helping Don get the details right and to know an author who took the time to ensure cultural accuracy while giving readers a window into a world beyond their own. Ingikendaan wii-minwendaman gaa-ozhibiiged. (I know you will like what he wrote.)
—Margaret Noodin, Professor of English and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin
Who wouldn't want to visit Kamini? In this delightful debut novel, Don Engebretson evokes the quiet peace of the sunrise over water or a musky trailing a lure with the best of them. Come for the engaging people and plot, stay for some of the best nature writing you'll read this year.
—Carter Meland, White Earth Anishinaabe descendant and author of Stories for a Lost Child