From the ashes : my story of being Métis, homeless, and finding my way / Jesse Thistle.
Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
Growing up in Saskatchewan, Thistle and his two brothers fended for themselves from a young age, after their mother fled their abusive father and their father abandoned them. After a brief but terrifying stint in foster care, they moved in with their grandparents. The boys all start drinking young, but Thistle, haunted by his addict father, quickly escalates his use, steals to support his habits, and ultimately gets kicked out of the house. Living on the streets in between jail stays, he hits rock bottom and realizes he must change. His powerful and moving memoir is also a scathing indictment of the treatment of Indigenous people and the myriad ways systems fail them. It can be hard to read, not only because of how terrible things get for Thistle, but also in its structure: brief essay-like snippets that often lack resolution, true to the nature of memory and time lost to addiction. Hand this to readers seeking a follow-up to Terese Marie Mailhot's memoir Heart Berries (2018) or Tommy Orange's novel There, There (2018). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.