Flowers on My Grave: How an Ojibwa Boy's Death Helped Break the Silence on Child Abuse
When Lester Desjarlais, a thirteen-year-old Ojibwa boy, took his own life in 1989, what began as a routine one-day inquiry into yet another native suicide grew into a lengthy, wide-ranging scrutiny of the child's community and the society that could not -- or would not -- save him. Flowers on My Grave is Ruth Teichroeb's unflinching, deeply moving testament to a young boy'...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 12th 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Very well-documented account of the pervasiveness of childhood abuse in a small community and how the unacknowledged agreement to keep silent hurts everyone involved. It should be required reading for those working in the child welfare system, especially in aboriginal communities. The "us-them" mentality really works against protecting kids.