"Compressed . . . lyrical . . . unflinching . . . raw. . . . Harjo is a magician and a master of the English language."-Jonah Raskin, San Francisco ChronicleIn this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.
"Stirring. . . . In her harrowing and ultimately hopeful story, Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty." - Ms. "A must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work." - Minneapolis Star Tribune "A saga about the survival of spirituality and creativity in the face of generations of racism, dispossession, and familial dysfunction." - Boston Globe "Harjo allows the reader to know her intimately, and we are enriched by her honesty." - Booklist
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W. W. Norton & Company
July 01, 2012
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