Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land


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Ballantine Books
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5.1 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Toni Jensen teaches in the MFA programs at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a 2020 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her work has been published in Orion, Catapult, and Ecotone. She is Métis.


"Like a murmuration of starlings, Toni Jensen's new book Carry changes its shape constantly and effortlessly. . . . The value of Carry lies in its unique structure, its sparse, powerful prose, and in the stinging perspective it provides on events that are numbingly common. Until we see it as clearly as Jensen does, the lens she offers on gun violence in America will be relevant again and again and again."--Chicago Review of Books

"In Carry, Jensen scours language to find a new way of writing about how historical injustices seep into the present. . . . With a controlled voice like a Philip Glass composition, smooth, meandering yet repetitive, Jensen considers her troubled past and begins the work of stitching herself back together. . . . An unsettling account that creeps into your bones."--The New York Times Book Review

"Toni Jensen grew up around guns. But bird-hunting with her father was a much different experience than staring down bored barrels at Standing Rock. A new and much-needed voice, Métis author Jensen shares her deepest thoughts and most emotional experiences in Carry."--Bustle

"Toni Jensen's memoir is stunning. There's no other words that come to mind--it's about growing up Métis, existing as an Indigenous woman in America, and the looming threat of ever-pervasive gun violence. . . . A must-read."--Alma (Alma's Favorite Books for Fall 2020)

"Moving between personal recollections and historical observations, Jensen narrates what it means to be Métis, and what it feels like to be connected by bodies and land. . . . A meditative exploration of people and place that shows what it means to live and survive."--Library Journal

"[A] debut memoir from a Native author enmeshed in the American way of violence, alienation, and death . . . a powerful rejection of a culture that has always been grounded in violence and intimidation."--Kirkus Reviews

"Carry explores the gun's tragic impact with heartfelt prose and deep intellect--on politics, on history, on Black and Indigenous bodies, on women's bodies, and on children behind closed doors . . . It is full of difficult and vital news, delivered right on time."--Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries

"Carry is a book about how the body holds the story of everything that has happened to us in the world. By telling stories that thread through land and body, Carry reimagines what might come on the journey from suffering to beauty: voice. This is a body history song."--Lidia Yuknavitch, bestselling author of Verge

"Carry is a powerful and illuminating book on race and survival. Jensen has taken her anguish and carved it into a treasury of art. Her prose is ardent and raw. Carry celebrates her powerful Native American voice."--Brandon Hobson, National Book Award finalist and author of Where the Dead Sit Talking

"Carry is a gorgeous and brutal memoir about navigating the violent, white-supremacist American capitalism run amok on stolen land. Toni Jensen's vision is a gift."--Claire Vaye Watkins, Story Prize-winning author of Gold Fame Citrus