On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn’t possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since.
As time passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer but not too large to contemplate.
These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation, are the heart of this book.
In prose essays that are both conversational and direct, Maracle seeks not to provide any answers to these questions she has lived with so long. Rather, she thinks through each one using a multitude of experiences she’s had in Canada, as an Indigenous leader, a woman and mother and grandmother over the course of her life.
I really enjoyed this book. It is honest and raw in places as well as humorous.
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth