Thursday, January 31, 2013

7 Generations by David Alexander Robertson

Title: 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga
Author: David Alexander Robertson
Illustrator: Scott B. Henderson
Publication Date: September 26, 2012
Length: 128 pages

This graphic novel includes several stories, following one Cree family through the generations. The framing story is a mother telling the stories to her son, who just tried to commit suicide. He gains strength through learning about his family's past.

This was a really beautiful story. There are really painful parts in it, from the Europeans bringing smallpox, to the horrors of the residential schools, yet throughout there is still a sense of hope and strength, often coming from the characters' connection with their past.

The art, by Scott B. Henderson, is also lovely. From the simple facial expressions to the intense vision quests, it really brings the story to life.

5 stars.

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