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Probably Ruby

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Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson
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Apr 12, 2022 | ISBN 9780593448670

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“In a time when truth is coveted, Probably Ruby is a refreshing reminder of the realities of forced Indigenous adoption and family separation. Bird-Wilson’s writing is at times poetic and ever compelling. We are fortunate to have her and Ruby among us.”—The Washington Post

“A bighearted portrait of an Indigenous woman whose transracial adoption spurs a lifelong quest to discover—or perhaps create—her identity.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A well-paced, alluringly written story [and] a wonderful character study . . . Indigenous authors are creating the most noteworthy books of the year.”Shondaland (10 Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors)

“An intimate and nuanced illumination of Ruby as a woman surviving in the face of painful family history, colonialism, and patriarchy. Tender, funny, and brimming with the desire to love and be loved, Probably Ruby is a moving narrative about Indigenous identity and belonging.”—Electric Literature

“A wonderful book for fans of casually queer novels . . . A kaleidoscopic story about Ruby, an Indigenous woman adopted by white parents, and her search to find herself and her place in the world.”Book Riot

Writing from the depths of her heart, Lisa Bird-Wilson has gifted us a passionate exploration of identity and belonging and a celebration of our universal desire to love and be loved.Imbolo Mbue, bestselling and award-winning author of How Beautiful We Were and Behold the Dreamers

“In Probably Ruby, Lisa Bird-Wilson . . . effectively captures the sadness, anger, loneliness, and alienation that Indigenous children lost to the child-welfare system are plagued by as they search for a sense of meaning and identity. By turns raw, tender, funny, despairing, and hopeful, Probably Ruby tells a story that needs hearing.”—Michelle Good, author of Five Little Indians

Probably Ruby reminds us that our stories are acts of survival. That it’s not ‘so much the question of what [we’ve] inherited, but what [we] do with it.’ That grief, too, can be a gift. Written in prose to be savored, Bird-Wilson’s novel and its heroine will stay with me for a long time.”—Kelli Jo Ford, author of Crooked Hallelujah

“This multifaceted narrative sparkles with life as we piece together Ruby’s story, starting before she is even born. It is utterly heartbreaking that we see parts of Ruby’s life that she herself cannot perceive, a compelling chord that stays with us throughout the novel. This is a beautiful, unusual, and insightful story about the lost pieces of one woman’s life and Indigenous identity.”—Christy Lefteri, bestselling author of Songbirds and The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“Lisa Bird-Wilson takes us along on a woman’s deeply poignant journey in search of self, identity, and the reclaiming of an Indigenous heritage that has been taken from her.”—Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of Sarong Party Girls

“Lisa Bird-Wilson is someone I urge you to read.”—David Chariandy, award-winning author of Brother and I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

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