The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

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Product Details
Price
$19.99  $18.59
Publisher
Heartdrum
Publish Date
Pages
384
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780063086166

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About the Author

Jen Ferguson is Michif/Métis and white, an activist, an intersectional feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice armed with a PhD in English and creative writing. Visit her online at jenfergusonwrites.com.

Reviews

"Debut author Ferguson, who is Métis and White, touches on intergenerational family suffering at the hands of the state, mental health, substance abuse, racism, sexual harassment and assault, and missing and murdered Indigenous women--all with nuance and care. Heart-rending and healing; a winning blend that will leave readers satisfied." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Young adult readers can relate to the struggles Lou is facing as she navigates her transition from high school to college, and also use them as a conversation starter about race, identity, sexuality, dating, and friendship." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"In a layered first-person portrayal of a young Indigenous woman navigating the edge of adulthood, Ferguson (who is Métis and white) tackles necessary issues--of identity and sexuality alongside colonialism, generational trauma, racism, physical and sexual assault, and substance reliance--through well-wrought, complicated characterizations and prose that sings with poetry." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Ferguson's frank and powerful debut opens readers' eyes to the multiplicity of daily traumas faced by people of color, especially Indigenous women and girls. Ferguson, herself Michif/Métis and white, boldly writes on many challenging topics, including racism, physical violence, sexual identity, sexual assault, and teen alcohol use. Lou is complex, smart, and honest, and a narrator readers will trust, love, and learn from as she works to repair friendships and gain security for her treasured family." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Brutally honest about the sexual and physical violence Native women are subjected to, this story deals with a variety of painful topics and their impact on Louise's friends and family... The honesty and complexity of this book make it a gripping read." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Like an unexpected tart note swirling through a creamy, cold treat, The Summer of Bitter and Sweet layers the harsh truths and deep connections that thread through a Canadian prairie town....In this heartfelt story, we come to see the complex lives beneath the wide-open landscape. " -- Star Tribune