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The Insufficiency of Maps #2019

The Insufficiency of Maps In this powerful debut novel by award winning Nora Pierce a young girl must discover the meaning of self and family as she struggles to find her place between two contrasting realities On the reserva

  • Title: The Insufficiency of Maps
  • Author: Nora Pierce
  • ISBN: 9780743292085
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Insufficiency of Maps By Nora Pierce, In this powerful debut novel by award winning Nora Pierce, a young girl must discover the meaning of self and family as she struggles to find her place between two contrasting realities On the reservation, Alice lives in a run down trailer Both her parents are alcoholics She seldom has enough food and she rarely attends school, but she is free to follow her imaginationIn this powerful debut novel by award winning Nora Pierce, a young girl must discover the meaning of self and family as she struggles to find her place between two contrasting realities On the reservation, Alice lives in a run down trailer Both her parents are alcoholics She seldom has enough food and she rarely attends school, but she is free to follow her imagination She is connected to the life and ancestry of her people and the deep love she receives from her family and community When her mother succumbs to schizophrenia, Alice is removed from her home and placed with a white foster family in the suburbs This new world is neat and tidy and wholesome, but it is also alien, and Alice is unmoored from everything she has ever known and everything that has defined her As she traces Alice s journey between two cultures, Pierce asks probing questions about identity and difference, and she articulates vital truths about the contemporary Native American experience Utterly authentic and lyrically compelling, this novel establishes Pierce as an important voice in American literature.

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    1. I read this book while traveling and was pleased to have it It held my interst and was a fine read.My reaction in the end however is somewhat mixed I was distracted by the similarities between this book and White Oleander and while they certainly deal with topics that deserve to be looked at often and from many angles, I still spent time being reminded of the other book instead of simply taking in the story.The other thing and I hope this isn t a spoiler is that the take home message was a bit [...]

    2. well I don t know what to thinkAlice is a childe also tells the storyI think she aged ten years thru the storybut the story seems to paint a dim picture of the American Indian and I am not certain this was what the author intendedr me it seemed as if everyone of Indian origin in this story was either smoking dope or drinking took care of the childe flow is choppy at bestd nothing is really settled in the end s as if the book tried to become a story the whole readingI cannot recommend this one an [...]

    3. I picked up this book because I saw it in the stacks and I loved the title Although at points I thought it had promise, ultimately I found the first half sad almost to the point of being exploitative and the second half a quick run to a conclusion that was unsatisfying given the detail in the first half of the book Also, the voice of the protagonist didn t feel right to me It is written in first person, present tense and at times the voice does sound like a child s as it should in her thoughts s [...]

    4. Pierce s finesse in relaying the landscape of a child s life through the delicate filter of her young perspective is brilliant It s terribly challenging to write a child s first person point of view in an adult work, and Pierce accomplishes it masterfully Through this naive lens the author gives tremendous insight into cultural wealth and poverty, mental illness and the soaring imagination inextricably tied to it, as well as the emotional hurdles of a child displaced by virtually everyone What s [...]

    5. From the book jacket Pierce asks probing questions about identity and difference in the context of the contemporary Native American experience From me I love maps, but I love them in the sense of seeing where things are, where I can go, trips I d like to take, where water runs My maps I look at regularly are one of Manhattan, one of the water sheds in Austin, one of the archaeological sites in Middle America Alice, the child in the novel, uses maps to try to find where she came from, and who she [...]

    6. This book is about a Native American girl growing up in the late sixties Her mother is schizophrenic and her father is an alcoholic She is eventually placed in a caucasion foster home after her mother has a breakdown that nearly kills her It is a sad, touching story, but not particularly well written The time line gets muddied she seems to go from 5 to 12 quite quickly and the prose is a bit repetitive Still an interesting book.

    7. In Pierce s forceful debut, Alice is five when she and her homeless, mentally ill mother, Amalie Mami, she calls her , arrive at Papi s trailer in an Arizona Indian reservation to live Papi, a heavy drinking itinerant laborer, may or may not be Alice s father, but he adores Amalie who is of Kwytz an descent and has been waiting for her to return after years of medication and hospitalization 13related absence.

    8. This is a very moving story about a young girl Alice, who is of American Indian descent, and seen from her perspective from when she was about 5 through to 14 Lots of issues such as identity, cultural belonging, family, separation, abuse, mental illness, alcoholism etc it s not an easy story, but I imagine it is a common one I think it s also about a mother s love for her child in the face of incredible adversity.

    9. Very real, touching story about a young native girls and her coming to terms with a crazy mother, drunk father, dieing grandfather, her heritage, and trying to fit in to American culture The books has so many small beautiful and haunting passages that will make you take a step back Pierce gets in touch with some deep human emotions and does a good job of developing characters Serious read, but worth it.

    10. I enjoyed this debut novel about a young American Indian girl, and her Mother A raw and gritty story of Indian culture and a life of poverty, alcoholism and wanting to know where she belongs I was saddened while reading this book, for Alice because she loves her mother despite the illness she has, and the helpless feeling she has about her life in general Author, Nora Pierce is a wonderful writer and I hope to read of her works.

    11. When Native American, is five years old, she is taken from her schizophrenic mother and placed in a foster home As she comes to age, she comes to term with her dysfunctional family and their Native American roots A short, quick read, recommended for those who enjoyed Sherman Alexie s The Absolutely True Diary of Part time Indian and want to read Native American fiction and young adult fiction.

    12. Engaging, if choppy, story about a young girl s life with her doting schizophrenic alcoholic parents, and her subsequent placement with a white foster family Not a hugely memorable book, but there s a lot of loveliness in here, and some delicate exploration of heavy issues mental illness, reservation life, fit vs unfit parents, white family fosterkid of color dynamic, etc.

    13. This was a little hard to connect with, because the narrative is fairly disjointedbut it s very intentionally disjointed and mirrors the turmoil of main character Alice s life It was very, very sad, as well the mother in me wanted to gather Alice up in my arms on pretty much every single page.

    14. A novel about growing up Native American as seen through the eyes of a child who is torn between the people of the res her own heritage , many of whom are broken and dysfunctional, and the White people who take her in as a foster child Her mother s mental illness make it impossible for the child to stay with her, and we follow the disintegration of the spirit through the child s eyes.

    15. The first half of the book gets 4.5 stars but the last half only 3 stars I didn t enjoy the end nearly as much as the beginning just didn t have the same spirit or interesting qualities But the beginning was wonderful, such a clever way to write the story and teach me something at the same time.

    16. Didn t have to look up the author online after finishing this flat little chore to know I d been ambushed once again, by that most predictable and grating sub genre in literature the First Novel Produced Within A University s Creative Writing Department.

    17. I think I just picked this book up randomly at the library It was a quick read, perfectly fine, but I m sure I didn t get it A lot about the girls obsession with maps, bones, and artifacts, but I didn t get any of it.

    18. This is an interesting book about a Native American girl who has a schizophrenic mother The perspective and style almost make the reader feel like a schizophrenic It is interesting, though, to see the Native American perspective, both in the native culture and among whites.

    19. I read this book in one night I was compelled and drawn in by the story Now, I want to set it aside and reread it in a few weeks to see if it is actually a good piece of writing or just a truly compelling story and character.

    20. A raw and jagged read about the pain of growing up with a parent suffering from mental illness, foster families and the struggle of fitting in, defining culturals when roots are missing A great read for everyone, but many of my Native American students will especially enjoy this one.

    21. I didn t love this book for several reasons The story line is depressing with regard to the plight of the modern day native American and I didn t really learn anything new While I feel it was well written, it certainly did not leave me wanting .

    22. Very honest and sometimes heartbreaking story A little girls account of what it is like to live on an Indian reservation and the struggles with alcoholism it gives us a peak of what life is like when you have a parent with a mental disease.

    23. an impressively written coming of age story, with a strong native american protagonist and a strange and lovely portrayal of schizophrenia and displacement.

    24. Sad, sad story Nicely told from a child s perspective Approaches mental illness, alcoholism, Native American identity issues, and racism without preachiness.

    25. This was quite a sober book about a young girl whose mom is schizophrenic I never felt resolved that the main character discovered her place in life, like she was searching for.

    26. Simple, a little slow I m surprised I finished it given that I easily walk away from books but I guess it was an okay story.

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