Firekeeper's Daughter is a book that swept me away. I was pacing myself, minding my own business, until at about 60% when I needed to finish the whole thing in one evening. Oops. There are so many elements I loved about this ownvoices debut like the feelings of Daunis feeling split between the pieces of her family. Boulley tells the story of Daunis feeling like her identity is controlled and defined by other people. The complications in the system while also knowing the truth in our bones.
Firekeeper's Daughter doesn't shy away from the trauma of the past. The generations of cruelty, racism, and crimes committed against the Native community. One of my favorite elements is Daunis' family. It's complex, but full of so much tenderness both in our biological relations, and the found family, her community. Boulley tackles the notions of "one of the good ones" as well as questioning how we seek justice. Does it take external help or do we have to root out the problems in our community from the inside?