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A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli, book review

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Quote of the Day: Tell the truth, but tell it slant. Emily Dickinson

A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli, book launch. Photo courtesy Blue Cottage Agency

A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli, book launch.
Photo courtesy Blue Cottage Agency

Author Donna Salli uses many voices to tell the story of A Notion of Pelicans from Lavinia who first saw the pelicans and inspired a church to be built in their honor to the current Pastor’s wife who longs for more. We get glimpses into the lives of the women who come to the church and live in the community along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Donna is first a poet, second a playwright, and now trying her hand as a novelist. Her word choices are careful and succinct, lovely in description, and reaching deep for emotion.

What is this story about? Life, love, relationships, and finding where you belong in this rocky world. I recommend this book to anyone who feels a connection to the great lakes, the stark beauty that surrounds them, and stories of community. Book clubs could have excellent discussion with this novel.

I’d like to thank Donna’s Publicist Krista Rolfzen Soukup from the Blue Cottage Agency for the advanced reader/review copy of A Notion of Pelicans. It is always an honor to support a local artist. The Blue Cottage Agency set up a book launch party at Central Lakes Cottage where Donna was surrounded by colleagues, friends, and family to celebrate her debut novel. 

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Donna signing books for friends under the watchful gaze of MN author, and one time instructor at Central Lakes College, Jon Hassler. Photo courtesy Blue Cottage Agency

Donna’s play, The Rock Farm, will have a staged reading at the Vermillion College Theater in Ely, MN this fall. I’d love to see this produced again locally. Donna says it has gone through many revisions since it was produced by Central Lakes College a few years ago. You can learn more about Donna Salli at her website where she has also started a blog about her writing life. Congratulations, Donna!

Author Donna Salli, her publicist Krista Rolfzen Soukup, and photo bomb by the ghost of Jon Hassler. Photo courtesy Blue Cottage Agency.

Author Donna Salli, her publicist Krista Rolfzen Soukup, and photo bomb by the ghost of Jon Hassler.
Photo courtesy Blue Cottage Agency.

A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli was published by North Star Press, cover design by Chip Borkenhagen of Riverplace Press, and website design by Corey at Midstate Design, and represented by Krista Rolfzen Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: If you were to try another art form what would it be? 

I’d love to take a drawing class, pencil and colored pencils, maybe ink, if I had the right instructor!

 

  1. Awesome! I love poetic prose. Seriously. There’s nothing better than a book that takes you on a journey AND tickles your love of language.

  2. Deborah Jacobs says:

    Great review, Mary. I cannot wait to read this one! You know how poetic language speaks to me!

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