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Hugh J. Willard tells an amazing story of self-discovery in his novel, Degotoga. This is not the typical book I find myself reading. At the same time, it shares some common themes, in particular, the theme of survival and discovering what a person is capable of when not given any other option.
Degotoga is the story of a boy becoming a man and finding out who he truly is while accepting where he comes from culturally. Our main protagonist is sent on a vision quest, per his Cherokee heritage, to help reconnect his family and set right all that has been lost over time. Willard's ability to develop his characters in a book under 300 pages is impressive. He not only creates relatable and realistic characters, but also creates a unique world during our protagonist's vision quest.
Few books have made me want to learn more about a culture than Willard's, Degotoga. The brief insight to the Cherokee culture and the importance of family values is one I hope to learn and read more about.
Ultimately, the lessons learned by all of the book's characters can go a long way with the book's readers as well. Self-discovery and acceptance is something everyone struggles with at some point in his or her life. This story shows that it is ok to take a step back and find your true self.