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Flowers on My Grave: How an Ojibwa Boy's Death Helped Break the Silence on Child Abuse

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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, 242 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers
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B. Mason
"Flowers on My Grace" is a well researched and important book for anyone to read who wants to gain a deeper insight into the problem of child abuse in First Nations communities. A reporter for The Winnipeg Free Press, Teichreob's book reads less like a compelling work of nonfiction and more as a series of feature stories jaggedly arranged. The author's tenacity to conduct hundreds of interviews about this topic are impressive and she treats her subjects, especially Lester Desjarlais's sisters, w ...more
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.
Having worked in First Nations communities in Manitoba and Ontario, this book resonated very strongly. Teichroeb was able to capture the essence of the struggles of many aboriginal children.
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