—Reviewed by Robert Bensen, Editor of Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education, The University of Arizona Press.
Cover Art by Marcia Adams Ho
Thank you. I'm honored that so many cared enough to read Pushing up the Sky and that reader interest continues. This memoir was my first book and it was published in 2006. In the years since I have learned a great many writing and motherhood lessons, which have allowed me to become a better writer, and a better mother. Within these pages I offer my humble beginnings.
If I could be granted one wish I would ask not for rave reviews, only that this book might change a million hearts, and that it will be read for more decades, beyond my lifetime. While I will never know how many people have been touched, and perhaps changed, I do know that it has been passed steadily from the hands of many readers because I have received hundreds of emails with kind words.
Two of my favorite reader stories are from a woman telling me that she was so engrossed in reading that she read well past her subway station. Another reader, a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, wrote saying that all of the nurses on her floor have read my book and everyone was deeply moved, inspired, and that my story shed a bright light of hope into dark corners.
May my recent Goodreads giveaway of Pushing up the Sky be another step along that road.