The term “Apple” is a slur in Native communities across the country. It’s for someone supposedly “red on the outside, white on the inside.” 

Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

 

“With language rich in metaphor, this is a timely and important work that begs for multiple readings.” —Booklist, starred review.

 

“Easily one of the best books to be published in 2020. The kind of book bound to save lives.” — John Freeman, LitHub

 

Selection, The Big Indie Books for Fall 2020, Publishers Weekly.

 

“Jaboozie Turns Me On to Deep Cuts,” at LitHub 

 

“Naming Ceremony” at Paste

All Content (C) Eric Gansworth