“It’d been okay, the yellow house. For what it was. The first one we’d been in w…

“It’d been okay, the yellow house. For what it was. The first one we’d been in without either of the dads, so it’d been quiet, and even sweet, like the banana cream pie our mom made the first night we spent there…” – 🧡

4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The author tells the story of urban Native Americans in Oakland and shares with us a glimpse into the lives of some of the characters that represent the varied “urban Indian” experience that we often do not read or hear about. We see 12 stories all coming together for the Oakland PowWow and we read stories from characters whose backgrouns are like the author’s – members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. LOVED all the Oakland references and descriptions. To be honest, I wish I had taken some notes on the characters as their stories started to interconnect. But the women in the book stood out to me and their stories are the ones I remember most vividly. I wish I was able to connect with more of the characters but with so many voices some of them were not as complete for me as others were. A necessary voice in American literature. I loved reading this a while back with secretreadinglife and booksandbecoming – it really enriched my reading the book to be able to discuss with these 2 ladies whose book opinions I value greatly ! 🧡



8 thoughts on ““It’d been okay, the yellow house. For what it was. The first one we’d been in w…”

  1. Oh yay! I’m glad you read this and yes reading it with others so you can discuss makes it so much more illumination

  2. Aw, I value your and @secretreadinglife ‘s opinions so much too! Loved being able to read and discuss this one too. I didn’t feel as connected to all of the characters either because the stories were so abbreviated, but I agree that it felt like such an important book/perspective!

  3. This one is so hard to get in my library system! I’m going to try again to move up the hold list.

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