Thorndike Press

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

  • Alicia Elliott
  • ISBN-10: 1432885391
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885397
  • DDC: 971.004
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 330 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2021

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The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated to “a mind spread out on the ground.” Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced. Elliott’s writing details a life spent between Indigenous and white communities, a divide reflected in her own family, and engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, art, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, and representation. Throughout, she makes connections between the past and present, the personal and political.


Customer Reviews

“Elliott’s intelligence and inquisitive reflection are humbling; her book should be required reading.”

— Booklist

“An impressive debut from a welcome new voice in Native letters.”

— Kirkus Reviews