Club Book Episode 109 David Treuer
David Treuer is a member of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe, and one of the foremost chroniclers of the rich and diverse Native American experience – past and present. His writing straddles the barrier between fiction and nonfiction. Treuer’s four novels to date, including award-winning debut Little (1995) and book club favorite Prudence (2015), “mount a challenge to the whole idea of Indian identity as depicted by both Native and white writers” (New York Times). His first major foray into nonfiction, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, garnered national attention and won the Minnesota Book Award in 2013. His follow up, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, earned the author his third Minnesota Book Award and put him in heated contention for the National Book Award. A masterfully crafted mélange of journalism, memoir, and historical research, Treuer’s latest showcases “the Native struggle to preserve their tribes and cultures, using resourcefulness and reinvention in the face of overwhelming opposition” (BookPage).