There is something magical about the way Harjo writes and speaks. I picked up the audiobook on Audible, which she narrates, and I am so glad that I did. I was mesmerized right from the description of her birth. I immediately picked up one of her other books when I finished this one.
What makes this a great book to listen to is not so much that Harjo’s story is particularly unique, but that she tells it so well. All stories are unique but Harjo’s carries parts that are common to many women’s stories. She’s suffered heartbreak and abuse that I wish would be erased from the earth. That said, her perspective and her way of speaking about them are unlike anything I’ve heard before. Of course, having read other Native American memoir prior to this may have changed that but sometimes I’m a little slow to realize that I’m missing something. Okay, a lot slow.
I’m glad that I started with this memoir. It’s great for anyone reading Native American or women’s memoir, but especially those looking for both. Harjo talks frequently about the way that both of those identities governed the way people treated her. As mentioned above, I bought the audiobook version on Audible but there are other options for the ebook available on Goodreads.