Grace Lark is Linda and Linden's mother, a white woman who used to own a gas station near the reservation. Grace and her husband George were once convicted of trying to swindle older and disabled Chippewa people who bought things from the gas station store. After Linda's birth, despite being a vocal opponent of abortion, Grace abandoned her daughter because she had a birth defect. Linda was raised instead by Betty Wishkob, and after Betty's death, Grace tried to gain legal custody of Linda in order to steal the land Linda had inherited. In retaliation, Linda's adoptive siblings started a boycott of the Lark gas station, putting them out of business. Grace later approaches Linda under the pretense of wanting to reconnect with her, but she is really trying to manipulate Linda into giving Linden a kidney. Grace represents a hypocrisy that Bazil said is prevalent among white people: pretending to be friendly with Natives while secretly hating and exploiting them. Grace's character shows how the exploitative, two-faced attitudes that Bazil finds in the language of old court decisions persists into the modern day.
Grace Lark Character Timeline in The Round House
The timeline below shows where the character Grace Lark appears in The Round House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three: Justice
...which the court determined that the white owners of a gas station, George Lark and Grace Lark, had been charging tribal members extra. Bazil sets this case file aside as important,... (full context)
...parents’ deaths, the other Wishkob children let Linda continue to live in the family home. Grace Lark then applied to become Linda’s guardian, stating that Linda was mentally incapable of managing... (full context)
Chapter Six: Datalore
Chapter Nine: The Big Good-bye
Chapter Eleven: The Child
...at the hospital, and how she thinks that what corrupted both Linden and their mother Grace was Linda’s absence from their lives after her abandonment. Linda also hypothesizes that Linden kept... (full context)