Perry and Pauline are the twin nieces of our beloved Daunis. They are in highschool and spending the summer in an internship program for Native teens. She finds herself working in the local museum learning all about the artifacts and their care. When she learns about the battles to bring back sacred items and ancestor’s remains she finds herself overwhelmingly passionate about righting the wrongs. Even if she needs to cross the line herself to do what is right for her people. Meanwhile Daunis is caught up in a murder mystery and native girls keep going missing. Perry finds a way to get herself caught up in all of it.
I wondered if there was any way Boulley could beat the triumph that was Firekeeper’s Daughter but I think I loved this book even more. It educates on Native culture and the current and continuing damaging policies that America has without being too heavy handed or preachy. You live the atrocities and unfairness of the repatriation of Native items with Perry. This book will definitely make you angry and heartbroken.
You see how easily the government and law enforcement work against the Natives. Don’t get me wrong, Perry was a teen and often made precocious and unrealistic decisions that got her into trouble but her youth made the rest of the story more accessible. I also guessed the bad guy pretty early but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the journey.
This book also used Ojibwe language throughout, but did it in a way where it was accessible and understandable. It’s a big pet peeve of mine when English novels use the characters natural tongue but don’t ease into it or give you a real guide to understanding and internalizing. This novel did that so well.
Thanks to Henry Holt for gifted access via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.
What’s the last book that knocked you off your feet?