Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors by Sarris, Greg

Becoming Story: A Journey Among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors

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A gently powerful memoir about deepening your relationship with your homeland.

For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Greg Sarris--whose novels are esteemed alongside those of Louise Erdrich and Stephen Graham Jones--presents a book about his own life. In Becoming Story he asks: What does it mean to be truly connected to the place you call home--to walk where innumerable generations of your ancestors have walked? And what does it mean when you dedicate your life to making that connection even deeper? Moving between his childhood and the present day, Sarris creates a kaleidoscopic narrative about the forces that shaped his early years and his eventual work as a tribal leader. He considers the deep past, historical traumas, and possible futures of his homeland. His acclaimed storytelling skills are in top form here, and he charts his journey in prose that is humorous, searching, and profound. A gently powerful memoir, Becoming Story is also a master class in the art of belonging to the place where you live.

Author: Greg Sarris
Publisher: Heyday Books
Published: 04/05/2022
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.7lbs
Size: 7.10h x 5.10w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781597145671

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022
Foreword 02/27/2022

About the Author

Greg Sarris is an award-winning author and tribal leader serving his fifteenth consecutive term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and has taught as a professor of Creative Writing and American and American Indian Literatures. His books include Becoming Story, How a Mountain Was Made, and Grand Avenue, which was adapted into an HBO miniseries. Visit his website at

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