by Brian Lindenmuth
My round-up of top reads of 2018 was published at Toe Six Press originally. Two – my Book of the Year and one of my top reads – were by Indigenous Authors. For Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day I wanted to share these quick takes here.
Book of the year: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese – On the surface, Indian Horse is about hockey and the Indian Residential School system in Canada, but it encompasses so much more: trauma, loss of culture, loss of identity, growing, and the long hard path to righting your ship when so many forces were hell-bent on sinking it. It’s told in an intimate, confessional way that draws you into the narrative, deeply investing the reader into the story of Saul Indian Horse.
There There by Tommy Orange – Tommy Orange takes a braided approach to give the reader a cross section of modern Native American life in America, specifically in Oakland, California. And it ain’t always pretty. Sometimes it is messy and sometimes it is raw. But it will always be real.