Book review:  Food, identity and memory in Hayes' 'Blonde Indian'
web-posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Ernestine Hayes' genre defying debut takes its shape from the many braided rivers of Lingit Aani -- the Taku, Stikine and Naas. Part prayer, part tragedy and part triumph, "Blonde Indian" presents a memoir in which the story of person cannot be separated from the story of place. Beginning in territorial-era Juneau, the setting is familiar and full of landmarks still present today (Village Street, the Governor's Mansion). Depictions of the discrimination, poverty, alcoholism and abuse Hayes experienced typify the fierce honesty with which her story is told.
web-posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015