Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
I wanted to read Seven Fallen Feathers before Tanya Talaga's first Massey Lecture, which was happening in Thunder Bay. I've heard good things about the book, that it is a must read for people living in Northern Ontario.
Seven Fallen Feathers is the story of seven Indigenous youth who came to Thunder Bay for school and died there. Most of them passed away in one of the rivers. Talaga looks at what happened to each of the Seven, humanizing their stories. She also looks at the circumstances surrounding when the youth went missing (and the lack of response and courtesy the local police department afforded the families).
I had a hard time rating it on Goodreads because a 5 star review means "I loved it;" I think Seven Fallen Feathers is an important read, but it is depressing (and in no ways a book I would say that I loved). So in the end I went with 4 stars on Goodreads, saying that "I really liked it" because I thought that was fair.
I think Seven Fallen Feathers is an important read, both for people living in Thunder Bay and for Canada as a whole. There are some major problems with the way things are and all Canadians need to work towards a more fair and better future for everyone.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.