“A rare insight into the dilemma of an adolescent caught between two cultures.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Such a beautiful book, I’m inspired to write my first review.
The story is written from the point of view of Joe, a thirteen year old only child growing up on a North Dakota reservation in the Eighties. It tells the story of his life over the year that follows the violent rape of his mother. It explores the relationships between Joe and his father (A tribal judge), his friends and his extended family so convincingly it is easy to forget the book was written by a grown woman! It’s a really interesting look into reservation life and the troubled relationship between the Native Americans and the White men. It’s shocking to learn to what extent they were still being treated like lesser citizens in their own country even in relatively modern times.