A Really Good Brown Girl
Brick Books Classics 4
Deluxe redesign of the Gerald Lampert Award–winning classic
On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.
First published in 1996, A Really Good Brown Girl is a fierce, honest and courageous account of what it takes to grow into one’s self and one’s Metis heritage in the face of myriad institutional and cultural obstacles. It is an indispensable contribution to Canadian literature.
I am looking at a school picture, grade five, I am smiling easily … I look poised, settled, like I belong. I won an award that year for most improved student. I learned to follow really well.
—“Memoirs of a Really Good Brown Girl”
Praise for A Really Good Brown Girl:
“No other book so exonerates us, elevates us and at the same time indicts Canada in language so eloquent it almost hurts to hear it.” —Lee Maracle, from the Introduction
- Rita Bouvier recommends A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont
Rita Bouvier - Great Books to Read during Indigenous Book Club Month, CBC Books, June 15, 2017
- Contemporary Classics
Neil Querengesser, Canadian Literature, Issue 228-229 (Spring/Summer 2016)
- A Really Good Brown Girl
Melanie Kindrachuk, Indextrious Blogspot, January 21, 2017
- A Really Good Brown Girl by Marilyn Dumont
W.H. New, Mapping 1996, Canadian Literature No. 154, fall 1997
- Open Book Recommends: 2015 Holiday Reading Guide Part Two
Open Book, December 15, 2015
About the Author
Marilyn Dumont is the author of four collections of poems: A Really Good Brown Girl (winner of the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award), green girl dreams Mountains (winner of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta’s 2001 Stephan G. Stephansson Award), that tongued belonging (winner of the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year and Aboriginal…