SAIL · Summer 2014 · Vol. 26, No. 2 Eric Gansworth. If I Ever Get Out of Here. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. isbn: 978-0-545-41730-3. 359 pp. Anne Jansen, University of North Carolina at Asheville "Paul McCartney had sung just a few Beatles songs during the show. One of them had been `Yesterday,' about longing for an easier, earlier life. On its surface, it was a breakup song. But its perfection at capturing impossible losses made it one of the world's best-known songs. You didn't need to have someone dump you to long for a time when your life was easier. You could fill in your own sadness" (15859). So narrates the protagonist of Onondaga author and artist Eric Gansworth's young adult novel If I Ever Get out of Here. One could make a similar argument about this book: its perfection at capturing adolescent struggles makes it an incredibly rich work. You don't need to be American Indian to understand it. You can fill in your own experiences. In fact, the universal themes on which the novel focuses--such as friendship, belonging, and adolescence--are part of what make the book so accessible. That being said, Gansworth's novel
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
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