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Scratching River

By Michelle Porter
Subjects Life Writing, Family & Relationships, Indigenous Studies
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771125444, 184 pages, April 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771125451, 184 pages, April 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771125468, 184 pages, April 2022


Scratching River braids the voices of mother, brother, sister, ancestor, and river to create a story about environmental, personal, and collective healing.
This memoir revolves around a search for home for the author’s older brother, who is both autistic and schizophrenic, and an unexpected emotional journey that led to acceptance, understanding and, ultimately, reconciliation. Michelle Porter brings together the oral history of a Métis ancestor, studies of river morphology, and news clippings about abuse her older brother endured at a rural Alberta group home to tell a tale about love, survival, and hope. This book is a voice in your ear, urging you to explore your own braided histories and relationships.