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I loved the beginning of this memoir. It took my right into an amazing place. It was bold and over the edge of 'normal' reality in a way I found enlightening and thrilling. As I listened longer to her story I felt so much that was not understood or expressed by the author that it became a recounting of painful events that she tried to bring to a successful conclusion, but it left me feeling incomplete and somewhat abandoned by this headlong rush of events that were so soul wrenching, that needed so much more understanding and healing. Joy may have done that healing. She may have understood all that chaos and pain in a way that brought her a kind of completion, but it didn't come through to me as a listener.
She is obviously a strong, fearless, passionate, wounded, amazing woman who takes life head on. I was left wanting more. More insights into each of those painful breaks, more history and background in her early imprints, more patience in evaluating and retelling her feelings and memories. More deep magic in transforming pain to transcendence, loss to wholeness.
This was a beautifully told, soulful story of Joy Harjo's experiences as a Native American woman. The writing is poetic and lyrical. If you enjoy magic realism and/or poetry you will love and appreciate Harjo's heart searing tale. Over too soon, I wanted more.. I highly recommend this, but I doubt its for everyone.