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Highway of Tears

Highway of Tears

A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Book - 2019
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In the vein of the astonishing and eye-opening bestsellers <i>I'll Be Gone in the Dark <i>and <i>The Line Becomes a River<i>, this stunning work of investigative journalism follows a series of unsolved disappearances and murders of Indigenous women in rural British Columbia.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501160288
Branch Call Number: 362.88 M134h 2019
Characteristics: xiii, 331 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeJohanna Jan 07, 2021

Highway of Tears is a sprawling narrative about interconnected tragedies in indigenous communities in British Columbia. Over the last few decades, a large number of indigenous women have gone missing, often in connection with the highway. These disappearances are all unsolved. Though the individual cases may not be linked to a single perpetrator, together they show a disturbing pattern indicative of social, economic, and political harm and neglect.

I do think this book was trying to be too many things at once, but it's an admirable effort with an important message. Parts of the book are disorganized or repetitive, and the audiobook was difficult to follow at times. Those issues aside, McDiarmid does a fantastic job telling the stories the missing women and their families. These are people who were largely ignored by the police and the media, and when the cases were reported on, it was done with far less empathy and depth than they deserved. Racism, oppression, poverty, and neglect have all conspired to create a situation in which young women can disappear over and over again with little to no media coverage or police investigation. Highway of Tears invites us combat this indifference with empathy and passion.


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