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Ray E. Phillips’s new novel Laughing Rain and Awakens Corn: Look-the-Same Girls in the Land of the Cloud-Splitter (Self-Published, 2021) looks at how life in early America is experienced by twin girls, Laughing Rain and Awakens Corn from a Mohawk clan in an Adirondack village.
In their adolescent years, the twins are alike in every way except for one tiny difference: how each imagines her future. One dutifully accepts the clan’s expectations while her sister is a bit more adventuresome, fancying the joy of traveling.
The twin’s story begins in the spring with the departure of their older brother, Tail Feather on a long, trading mission. (His story is told in the first book in the series). The twins’ story ends with his return late in the summer.
The girls grow up as inseparable companions, yet their disagreement causes tension, seemingly minor at first but gradually creating a smoldering conflict between the two. Some meaningful resolution, however, is eventually found in a spider’s web.
A third major character in the story is KyKoo, a wolf raised from birth by the twins’ brother. The girls are responsible for looking after his wolf during Tail Feather’s absence. As it turns out, KyKoo rescues one of the girls who had become hopelessly lost in the forest.
The book explores attitudes concerning religion, family life, work ethics, medical care and personal values. It delves into the psychology of growing up and the conflict of the look-alike twins between duty and desire.
Ray E. Phillips, MD. is the author of several books on cardiovascular medicine and the clinical exam, published by McGraw Hill, W.B.Saunders and Springer Nature. He has contributed to the New York Almanack, including “Colonial Medicine: Treating George Washington.” His essay, “The Devil’s Bite” (the story of scurvy) is in the current issue of Sea History Magazine.
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