Living on the Borderlines ~ Melissa Michal

Living on the Borderlines

Rating: 4.5/5

This book felt cozy and thought provoking. Full of emotion, Michal has compiled stories that share some Native experiences, from a sensory experience to discovering long lost family. This collection is simple and moving, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent reading.

Short story collections can often be hit or miss, but I felt an emotional connection to nearly every story Michal wrote. Michal writes from her Seneca perspective about inter generational stories of both past and present. Many of her characters explore what it means to be Native, the joys and struggles they find themselves facing on a daily basis. Michal explores how their interracial histories bring different meaning to each of their lives, as they find themselves entwined in Native and white culture simultaneously. This was a cozy perspective I was happy to embrace. Michal was able to elicit a slew of emotions from me as the reader, and I thoroughly enjoyed my glimpse into the Native lives she chose to represent in her writing.

One of the main themes I noticed running throughout her writing was the theme of family, and how strong their bonds were with each other. Some of their relationships were long and old, some became a form of grief or remembrance of family members’ passing, some were new bonds being formed. So much of her writing felt fluid in a way that I’m not used to reading.

I received a copy of this book via the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

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