Thinning Blood: A Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.85 X 8.53 X 0.78 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Leah Myers received an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Orleans, where she won the Samuel Mockbee Award for Nonfiction two years in a row. She now lives in Alabama, with roots in Georgia, Arizona, and Washington.


This powerful, memorable debut runs hot with Leah Myers's fierce intelligence. She admirably interrogates her relationship to identity, her place in her family's history, and the future of her people--and demands a long-delayed justice.--Matt Bell, author of Appleseed
Thinning Blood is a powerful testament to the power of storytelling. It is both personal and historical, factual and deeply imaginative. Leah Myers is an honest and passionate witness to the culture and people that produced her. Her essays pay tribute to the complexity of memory, and the tenacity of experience.--Emily Bernard, author of Black Is the Body
In this powerful debut, Leah Myers reveals with unvarnished honesty something that so often remains unspoken: what it feels like to teeter on the edge of identity, to face down the specter of erasure and a dwindling sense of self. By reconstructing family history and myth, she uncovers old foundations and builds a new home atop them, throwing its doors open, miraculously, to all of us.--Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River
A quietly elegiac memoir that could serve as an enduring historical document.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[A] searing debut...Myers's fierce testimony is both record and reclamation of [family] history, told beautifully and simply. Any family would be lucky to have their story handled with this much care.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Finely crafted...Thinning Blood is slender and poetic but also wide-ranging, moving with ease from memoir to Native history to myth and back again, yielding a blend that transcends genre.--Maud Newton "New York Times Book Review"
[A] beautifully-rendered memoir...This is a quietly powerful book, and I can't wait to see what Myers writes next.--Jaime Herndon "Book Riot"