Aug 09, 2018SPL_Shauna rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
*Glass Beads* is a near-perfect little book. It's got the frame of a saga - following two couples from their early years on a reservation, through college, and into their adult years. But, it's under 300 pages, and reads like lightning. And, it's jam-packed with all the drama you'd expect when you follow two couples whose histories are so intimately intertwined.
But, far from being a simple, dishy read, *Glass Beads* is also a gritty, beautifully crafted rendering of the lives of Indigenous youth in the 90s and aughts. It grapples with the legacy of colonialism with a fearless elegance and intersectional sensibility. *Glass Beads* is a great pick for a vacation, a book club, or as a virtuous yet dishy distraction.