Set across the PNW, LaPointe combines memoir and creative non-fiction to weave the stories of her Coast Salish female ancestors into her own complex tale. Heart-wrenching, and unflinching, LaPointe depicts the severe mental and physical health problems and hardships caused by PTSD from sexual assault—an issue which disproportionally impacts Native/Indigenous women. In La Pointe’s journey towards healing, she finds solace from trauma, both personal and generational, in punk music and in her graduate writing program. Writing with expert craftsmanship, she emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with herself, her ancestral land, and the women who came before her. I think this book will be appreciated by fans of Crying in H Mart. It is also a profound read for any lover of the PNW.
–Cappy, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA