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"Easily one of the best books to be published in 2020. The kind of book bound to save lives." - LIT HUB
"A searing yet dryly funny, at times intimate and at times highly literary picture of life hemmed in by majoritarian expectations and gutted by exploitation that made staying in the family home intolerable but leaving it unthinkable." - BCCB
"Exceptional..A stirring depiction of Indigenous life likely to evoke empathy from and resonate with all who venture into Gansworth's world." - SHELF-AWARENESS (starred review)
"A powerful narrative about identity and belonging." - PASTE MAGAZINE
"A raw, layered story about love and loss of community, culture, and place."- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08BR41LML
- Publisher : Levine Querido; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
- Publication date : October 6, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 27308 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Details: Arranged like a music album with liner notes at the end explaining the significance of the art pieces and record labels. The Beatles White Album plays a heavy role here and readers familiar with Gansworth’s work shouldn’t be surprised. However, it is all beautiful and the perfect metaphor for what he accomplishes in this work.
Personal note: I am not indigenous, but parts of this memoir struck my heart. My aunt was Yucci amongst the Creek, although scattered into a bigger city during the Depression. Her son, an enrolled member of her tribe, searches for information about the Yucci for she didn’t know much about her tribal customs. She married my handsome uncle out in California where they moved, and the economy seemed easier there. Did she also feel forever the outsider? I never asked her about her family or past, for I was young and these things you didn’t do as a kid in my family. You listened for whatever the elders choose to say when talking and learn. But my aunt was always silent on this.
Thank you for not being silent, Eric Gansworth. More stories about contemporary indigenous life need to be shared. This is highly recommended for young adults on up.
It's a story about family, fitting in, poverty, stereotypes, great loss, the search for identity, and what it means to grow up Native American--all experienced by the author, who spent the first 20 or so years of his life on the Tuscarora Nation Reservation in Niagara County, NY.
The arc of his story is fascinating enough, but Gansworth has also woven in numerous allusions to the Beatles, the White Album and Abbey Road. Only in the hands of a master could this marriage of seemly disparate experiences work so well.