Review: Indians Don't Cry, by George Kenny
The eponymous first story in Indians Don’t Cry establishes the themes that are returned to throughout the book: separation, loss, and the frustration that comes from being caught in a system that affects the lives of the characters so much but that the world beyond knows little — and cares little — about. In “Indian’s Don’t Cry,” the frustration stems from the government’s requirement that children go to a school far away from their home on a reserve in Northern Ontario. Their father has tried to find and keep work near where they will live, but when that fails, he returns to the reserve, where his resources are. And so, his children are taken each year for many months to live in a different world and change without him there to guide them, returning each year, increasingly as strangers. All there is to do is cry.
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