This is a powerful story of injustice told through Joe, a thirteen-year-old Ojibwe living on a North Dakota reservation in 1988. He and his three friends search for answers when his mother suffers a brutal rape. Historic questions of whether the act was committed on federal, state or tribal land hinder the investigation.
The events in the book are loosely based on actual cases and stories.
Erdrich's compelling tale is emphasized by the realization of the long history of mistreatment of Native Americans. This is a book that stays with you. Highly recommended.