For the loosely connected Seneca community members living in Upstate New York, intergenerational memory slips into everyday life: a teenager struggles to understand her grandmother's silences, a family seeks to reconnect with a lost sibling, and a young woman searches for a cave that's called to her family for generations. With these stories, debut writer Melissa Michal weaves together an understated and contemplative collection exploring what it means to be Native.
Melissa Michal 's work has appeared in The Florida Review, Yellow Medicine Review , and others. She currently teaches Native American/Indigenous literatures at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
|Publisher:||Feminist Press at CUNY, The|
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About the Author
Melissa Michal is of Seneca descent. She teaches creative writing and literature and loves helping students find that they too can write. She is a fiction writer, essayist, photographer, and a professor. She has her MFA from Chatham University, MA from The Pennsylvania State University, and her PhD in literature from Arizona State University where she focused on education and representation of Indigenous histories and literatures in curriculum. She has been grateful to read at the National American Indian Museum in DC and Amerind Museum in Dragoon. Melissa has work appearing in The Florida Review , Yellow Medicine Review , and other places. She was a finalist for the Louise Meriwether first book prize. She has a novel completed and is working on her nonfiction essay collection.
Table of Contents
Living on the Borderlines 3
The Long Goodbye 6
A Song Returning 27
The Carver and the Chilkat Weaver 47
Calling the Ancestors 79
Nothing but Gray 82
Towpath Lines 109
Crowding the Dark Spaces 118
The Crack in the Bridge 140
Luck Stone 153
Morning Smile 195
Dancing Girl 210
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you so much to the Feminist Press for sending me an advanced copy of this collection of stories. I was very excited to read Living on the Borderlines because I grew up in upstate New York, not far from where many of these stories take place. I know a lot of the small towns, highways, and landmarks referenced. That always makes for a fun reading experience. But beyond that, I loved the stories themselves. I especially appreciated how so many common themes wound through each of them: cultural and personal change, turning inward in the face of strife, a strong sense of identity. It tied all the stories together and made them a true set, and it reinforced the feeling of authenticity that came through on every page. Melissa Michal writes in a way that is simultaneously straightforward and lyrical; light and impactful. A beautiful debut.