Where do I start with this book review? My mind is literally spinning right now, so many things I want to say about this horrendous book I don’t know where to begin.
The book I am reviewing is called Medicine Woman by Lynn V. Andrews
There is so much wrong with this book AAHH!!!! This book is absolutely ridiculous I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Maybe both. The author describes this book as her autobiography, going to Crowley Manitoba to steal a marriage basket she thought she saw at an art opening in Los Angeles, but the art gallery people claim they have never heard of or seen such a photo by the photographer McKinnley. This marriage basket photo is not on record of ever being at the gallery. The author then starts having weird dreams and is sent off to Manitoba to see Cree Medicine Women who tell her she has to steal the marriage basket blah blah blah.
First off, I am from Manitoba. There is NO such place here in our province named Crowley. Also, my grandfather is Cree and follows the old ways. I don’t know of any Native Americans who would put all their faith in a rich Beverly Hills white woman to save their culture by having her steal a marriage basket….What?
Here’s just a few of the eyebrow raising things I read in this book (laugh, cry, bang your head against the wall, I don’t know)
The story starts with the author and a friend going to the art gallery and the author seeing the photo of a marriage basket, calling the art gallery to purchase it, the gallery saying they have no history of that photo ever being in their gallery. Then the author is at a dinner party at her friends Beverly Hills mansion, now this is where the really weird stuff happens, and I started questioning things. At the dinner party with a bunch of rich high society Hollywood types; movie producer, plastic surgeon, an actress, a Native American Indian. How random, right.
So the weird stuff. The guy hosting the dinner party at his mansion becomes belligerent and rude to the Native American man. There is no explanation as to why other than the host had too much to drink, but why does he single him out? Lynn Andrews doesn’t say in the book. So the Native American man gets up and walks over to the host sticks his hand in his stomach and pulls out the hosts ego. Then he sits back down in his seat like nothing happened and tells Lynn they can finally talk. It is like they are in a dream, everything is perfect now that the host lost his ego. The next morning the host tells Lynn his stomach hurts. What do Lynn and the Native American man talk about? They talk about the marriage basket and he tells her she must go to Crowley Manitoba (ahem, there is no such place in MB) and speak to Agnes Whistling Elk.
She arrives in Manitoba, two silent native guys come out of nowhere as her tire blows on her car and they stand around her car watching her try to change her tire without speaking only laughing at her and not offering to help. After her tire is changed they ask her for a ride, she gives them a ride. WHY would you let two strange men in your car after they were laughing at you, personally I would have left them behind, not because they were jerks but because HELLO, two strange men in the middle of nowhere? NOPE!
Now she finds a cabin in the woods, takes off her clothes and gets into bed and goes to sleep, after finding an apple on the kitchen table and devouring it. I’m starting to wonder if I’m reading Goldie Locks and the three bears had a baby with Sleeping Beauty a retelling written by someone who just dropped a ton of acid. There’s more strange stuff she goes on about. The woman who lives in the cabin, Ruby shows up, is shaking Lynn and yelling at her to hurry up, and they go running off into the woods naked, then they come back to the cabin and slaughter a deer and eat the deer heart raw. And a bunch of other absurd stuff happens.
This book is a sick joke. At this point I decided to look up the author and found that her ex was interested in Native American culture and came up with the story for the book, after the two broke up he sued her but she paid him off so he’d go away, and he claims he is not allowed to talk about her or the book.
I was really disappointed in this book, it wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be. I was expecting to read a true account of a spiritual journey of a woman who found herself or something meaningful. Maybe to Lynn Andrews it was, who am I to judge (although clearly I did). I believe in a lot of stuff, I read a lot on spirituality from all faiths, and I think it all to be beautiful. But I just can’t believe the claims in this book, it’s just a little to tutti fruitti, not to mention the inaccuracy of the Cree people, and the description of the province I live in was completely wrong. My point being, if you are going to write about someone’s religion and culture be respectful and do your research before you call it non-fiction.
Maybe Lynn Andrew’s boyfriend made up the story as he claimed, maybe he didn’t as she claims. Maybe this story happened in her reality, I don’t know. I just personally find it difficult to believe.