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Dog Flowers (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir

By Danielle Geller, Charley Flyte (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 11, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/12/2022)
Hardcover (1/12/2021)

Description

A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history
 
“An honest, intimate, and heart-wrenching memoir that explores the fractured family, the damaging effects of alcoholism and poverty, and what it means to seek healing from the legacies of trauma.”—Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of the National Book Award finalist Sabrina & Corina
 
When Danielle Geller’s mother dies of alcohol withdrawal during an attempt to get sober, Geller returns to Florida and finds her mother’s life packed into eight suitcases. Most were filled with clothes, except for the last one, which contained diaries, photos, and letters, a few undeveloped disposable cameras, dried sage, jewelry, and the bandana her mother wore on days she skipped a hair wash.

Geller, an archivist and a writer, uses these pieces of her mother’s life to try and understand her mother’s relationship to home, and their shared need to leave it. Geller embarks on a journey where she confronts her family's history and the decisions that she herself had been forced to make while growing up, a journey that will end at her mother's home: the Navajo reservation.

Dog Flowers is an arresting memoir that examines mothers and mothering, sisters and caretaking, and colonized bodies. Exploring loss and inheritance, beauty and balance, Danielle Geller pays homage to our pasts, traditions, and heritage, to the families we are given and the families we choose.

*This audiobook includes a PDF containing images from the book.


About the Author

Danielle Geller is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She received her BA from Shippensburg University and her MS in library science from Simmons College and is a graduate of creative writing, nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Brevity, Silk Road, and the anthology This Is the Place. She is a member of the Navajo Nation: born to the Tsi'naajinii, born for the white man.