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Enlightening and haunting
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 23, 2022
This book slowly and gently wraps around your heart and mind. Every aspect is well-researched, many characters are based on the author's own family, many events are easily found to have taken place during the years given in the book, and many circumstances are now common knowledge. The horrors that some of the characters endure are only hinted at. They are not named, and the experiences of the victims are not detailed. Those who do not know about sexual assault, drug addiction, human trafficking, and domestic abuse will only understand that something bad happened. They will not understand the horrors of it unless they already have that knowledge to attach to the situation in the book. This book also sheds light on how the US government continues to wage war against the American Indian one tribe at a time, often without them even knowing they're at war again until the battle is over and Congress has taken their homes, their businesses, and their identities. I'd like to thank Louise Erdrich for writing a book that helped me see my Cherokee/Irish grandfather more clearly. This would be an excellent book for the public high school curriculum.