David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. Throughout his career, Treuer has proven “adept at delving behind stereotypes of Indian life” (The New Yorker) and challenging “the whole idea of Indian identity as depicted by both Native and white writers” (The New York Times). And in this monumental publication, Treuer traces the currents that have shaped Native history all the way to the present political moment and its relationship to identity politics, the
ongoing national conversations on race and national identity, and more. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.