Ravensong is a novel by Lee Maracle. It is set along the Pacific Northwest Coast in the 1950s, tells the story of an urban Native community devastated by an influenza epidemic. Stacey, a 17-year-old Native girl, struggles with the clash between white societys values and her familys traditional ways, knowing that her future lies somewhere in between. Celia, her sister, has visions from the past, while Raven warns of an impending catastrophe before there is any reconciliation between the two cultures.
Tropes in this book:
- Domestic Abuse:
- Polly's father beats her mother.
- Jake, the "old snake" beats his wife.
- Dreaming of Times Gone By: Celia dreams of the arrival of some disease that arrived in the past in the first two pages.
- Driven to Suicide: From Slut-Shaming against Polly, who is assumed to had sex with Herb.
- Nosy Neighbor: Nora was known to be nosy.
- Posthumous Character: Nora, whose funeral happens in the first chapter.
- Slut-Shaming: See the Driven to Suicide entry.