A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl

Book - 1996
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Poetry. Native American Studies. Deluxe redesign of the Gerald Lampert Award-winning classic. On the occasion of the press's 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A REALLY GOOD BROWN GIRL features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst. First published in 1996, A REALLY GOOD BROWN GIRL is a fierce, honest and courageous account of what it takes to grow into one's self and one's Metis heritage in the face of myriad institutional and cultural obstacles. It is an indispensable contribution to Canadian literature.

I am looking at a school picture, grade five, I am smiling easily…I look poised, settled, like I belong. I won an award that year for most improved student. I learned to follow really well.
--from a prose memoir by the author


"No other book so exonerates us, elevates us and at the same time indicts Canada in language so eloquent it almost hurts to hear it."--Lee Maracle, from the Introduction
Publisher: London : Brick Books, 1996.
ISBN: 9781771313452
Branch Call Number: 819. 1 DUM
Characteristics: 77 p.


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danniblack Mar 02, 2019

A collection of poems that is a journey full of sadness, love, joy and nostalgia of her Metis heritage.

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Tereasa_M Feb 01, 2019

Poet and writer Marilyn Dumont asks herself what it is to be Cree and Métis in a country that has forgotten you and your people. Growing up in Alberta, she tells the story of being a "good" Indian, and what her choices meant in this fierce, honest, and courageous account.

Marilyn Dumont's poetry explores the intersection of marginalization and privilege, as well as what it means to be a Métis woman living in Canada today. Dumont critiques the fetishization of Indigenous culture and the hypocrisy of the Canadian narrative of diversity and inclusion that fails to ad... Read More »

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Jun 24, 2019

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 24, 2010

Poignant, humorous, and fierce, these poems offer insight into discrimination and the ability of individuals to transcend cultural and racial barriers.

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