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On sale Jul 16, 2024 | 2 Hours and 5 Minutes | 9780593907832
A stunning, multimorphic work of poetry and prose about Indigenous identity

mother is a work rooted in an intimate fracture: an Indigenous child is adopted out of her tribe and raised by a non-Indian family. As an adult finding her way back to her origins, our unnamed narrator begins to put the pieces of her birth family's history together through the stories told to her by her mother, father, sister, and brother, all of whom remained on the reservation where she was born. Through oral histories, family lore, and imagined pasts and futures, a collage of their community emerges, raising profound questions about adoption, inheritance, and Indigenous identity in America.

Through poetic vignettes whose unconventional forms mirror the nonlinear, patchwork process of constructing a sense of self, m.s. RedCherries has crafted an indelible and utterly original work about the winding roads that lead us home.
Advance praise for mother:

“RedCherries, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, introduces her debut by noting that it is wholly fiction — a touch that accents how novelistic the book is in quilting verse and prose to tell the story of an adoptee reuniting with her birth family.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A groundbreaking collection in the ever-evolving and increasingly visible realm of Indigenous literature. In its pages, the poem and essay forms blend and melt, creating a linguistic and sensory experience that bends time, place, memory, and space . . . In its careful, personal dissection of the social and political landscapes which uplift some and oppress others, mother is an exploration of the many paths one can take to not only discover and find themselves, but also to find their way home.” —Southern Review of Books

“mother is a moving exploration of self-identity and family. In poetry and prose, m.s. RedCherries weaves together oral histories and family lore to construct a portal for a separated family reconstructing a shared history of love, rich cultural heritage, systemic injustice, and loss . . . mother is unique, deviating from rules of form, time, and space to best serve the narrative and the larger considerations it addresses . . . Despite the deep loss threaded throughout, this debut collection beats with resilience and vitality.” —Booklist

“Potent and immersive. . . a confident and arresting account of loss and the search to rebuild community and identity.” –Pulishers Weekly

mother is exquisite. Through these beautiful pieces of prose and poetry, m.s. RedCherries takes us on a journey back not just to the narrators' birth family but to their cultural legacy. Part elegy and part rallying cry, while mother examines the systemic injustice done to indigenous people, this is more than just a meditation on generational wrongs. RedCherries has rendered an intimate portrait of inheritance—from the spiritual to the genetic—that is, ultimately, a testimony of empowerment in lush language that feels gorgeous and fresh.” —Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Anita de Monte Laughs Last and Olga Dies Dreaming

“This is an extraordinary debut by an innovative new voice in Native American literature. Throughout mother, m.s. RedCherries weaves a multigenerational and polyphonic narrative that spirals across time and space to explore themes of indigenous identity, adoption, residential schools, and reservations. While there is a profound sense of loss and trauma in these pages, there is also a pulsing abundance of Indian resilience and life.” —Craig Santos Perez, National Book Award-winning author of from unincorporated territory [åmot]

“A layered reconstruction of family icons that's ‘riddled with shadowed humor’ in language as clear and hot as tears.” —Heid E. Erdrich, author of Little Big Bully

“Visceral, deep, heartbreaking . . . m.s. RedCherries writes with tender and powerful precision about fractured daughters reuniting with lost family in cars and beer and faith and death and love.” —Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man
© Barb Danielson
m.s. RedCherries received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a JD from Arizona State University College of Law. She is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and lives in Brooklyn. View titles by m.s. RedCherries

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A stunning, multimorphic work of poetry and prose about Indigenous identity

mother is a work rooted in an intimate fracture: an Indigenous child is adopted out of her tribe and raised by a non-Indian family. As an adult finding her way back to her origins, our unnamed narrator begins to put the pieces of her birth family's history together through the stories told to her by her mother, father, sister, and brother, all of whom remained on the reservation where she was born. Through oral histories, family lore, and imagined pasts and futures, a collage of their community emerges, raising profound questions about adoption, inheritance, and Indigenous identity in America.

Through poetic vignettes whose unconventional forms mirror the nonlinear, patchwork process of constructing a sense of self, m.s. RedCherries has crafted an indelible and utterly original work about the winding roads that lead us home.

Reviews

Advance praise for mother:

“RedCherries, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, introduces her debut by noting that it is wholly fiction — a touch that accents how novelistic the book is in quilting verse and prose to tell the story of an adoptee reuniting with her birth family.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A groundbreaking collection in the ever-evolving and increasingly visible realm of Indigenous literature. In its pages, the poem and essay forms blend and melt, creating a linguistic and sensory experience that bends time, place, memory, and space . . . In its careful, personal dissection of the social and political landscapes which uplift some and oppress others, mother is an exploration of the many paths one can take to not only discover and find themselves, but also to find their way home.” —Southern Review of Books

“mother is a moving exploration of self-identity and family. In poetry and prose, m.s. RedCherries weaves together oral histories and family lore to construct a portal for a separated family reconstructing a shared history of love, rich cultural heritage, systemic injustice, and loss . . . mother is unique, deviating from rules of form, time, and space to best serve the narrative and the larger considerations it addresses . . . Despite the deep loss threaded throughout, this debut collection beats with resilience and vitality.” —Booklist

“Potent and immersive. . . a confident and arresting account of loss and the search to rebuild community and identity.” –Pulishers Weekly

mother is exquisite. Through these beautiful pieces of prose and poetry, m.s. RedCherries takes us on a journey back not just to the narrators' birth family but to their cultural legacy. Part elegy and part rallying cry, while mother examines the systemic injustice done to indigenous people, this is more than just a meditation on generational wrongs. RedCherries has rendered an intimate portrait of inheritance—from the spiritual to the genetic—that is, ultimately, a testimony of empowerment in lush language that feels gorgeous and fresh.” —Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Anita de Monte Laughs Last and Olga Dies Dreaming

“This is an extraordinary debut by an innovative new voice in Native American literature. Throughout mother, m.s. RedCherries weaves a multigenerational and polyphonic narrative that spirals across time and space to explore themes of indigenous identity, adoption, residential schools, and reservations. While there is a profound sense of loss and trauma in these pages, there is also a pulsing abundance of Indian resilience and life.” —Craig Santos Perez, National Book Award-winning author of from unincorporated territory [åmot]

“A layered reconstruction of family icons that's ‘riddled with shadowed humor’ in language as clear and hot as tears.” —Heid E. Erdrich, author of Little Big Bully

“Visceral, deep, heartbreaking . . . m.s. RedCherries writes with tender and powerful precision about fractured daughters reuniting with lost family in cars and beer and faith and death and love.” —Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man

Author

© Barb Danielson
m.s. RedCherries received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a JD from Arizona State University College of Law. She is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and lives in Brooklyn. View titles by m.s. RedCherries