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  1. Yikes! I forgot about that statistic in the book Beatrix, but you’re right, indigenous youth are exposed to so much death on such a regular basis that it’s no wonder their rates of suicide are so high. You won’t regret reading this memoir at all, hope the waiting list goes quick :)

  2. The repetition sounds like an editing problem, really! Other than that, it sounds amazing (and I loved the quote too.) It is truly very sad what happened to the natives and I still can’t believe it’s such relatively fresh events, wasn’t even the dark middle ages or anything :/ I’ve been disappointed in the culture of today (which is effectively Western pretty much everywhere in the world now) and that the culture we have now is built on and could repeat things such as this. It’s sad… and it’s necessary to talk about it.

  3. I’m late finding your review (via your 2017 round-up post) and remembered that you mentioned how much you enjoyed this when it appeared in one of my posts at some point so I wanted to read your thoughts. We are in agreement about many things, but the one spot we felt completely differently about was the use of repetition and echo, which I felt was a simply perfect motif given the quilting theme.

    Mind you, I did always notice it – that editing eye, I guess – and it did feel uncomfortable, but then it just worked to reinforce the idea that those key things (especially about the story which was told about a rape, which was an ever-shifting story too, just to make things even more complicated!) were the recurring images in his mind and his heart, the quilt of his be-ing so to speak. With some awfully dark squares.

    I wish I’d known you were reading this; it was a difficult – albeit beautiful – read. The kind of book with which it’d have been nice to have company reading!

  4. Ah yes, I know what you mean-having a reading companion so to speak would have made it a bit more bearable :)

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