Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid audiobook

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

By Jessica McDiarmid
Read by Emily Nixon

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501160288

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508299295

  • ISBN: 9781508299288

Runtime: 9.97 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize

Shortlisted for the BC Book Prize's Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

“These murder cases expose systemic problems... By examining each murder within the context of Indigenous identity and regional hardships, McDiarmid addresses these very issues, finding reasons to look for the deeper roots of each act of violence.” —The New York Times Book Review

In the vein of the bestsellers I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and The Line Becomes a River, a penetrating, deeply moving account of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and a searing indictment of the society that failed them.

For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The corridor is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis.

Journalist Jessica McDiarmid meticulously investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate in which Indigenous women and girls are overpoliced yet underprotected. McDiarmid interviews those closest to the victims—mothers and fathers, siblings and friends—and provides an intimate firsthand account of their loss and unflagging fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada—now estimated to number up to four thousand—contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in the country.

Highway of Tears is a piercing exploration of our ongoing failure to provide justice for the victims and a testament to their families’ and communities’ unwavering determination to find it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Meticulously researched and heartbreakingly readable, the book calls out the tragedy and travesty behind the crisis along the Highway of Tears.” Ms. magazine
“A history of what she calls ‘Canada’s dirtiest secret” that is both methodical and moving, yet filled with a quiet determination for justice…stories every Canadian should know and remember.” Winnipeg Free Press
“Narrator Emily Nixon wears her heart on her sleeve, breaking away from a conversational tone to suffuse her voice with fury at systemic child abuse and loving warmth at the sweet personality quirks of the victims. Author Jessica McDiarmid’s efforts to speak to everyone who carries the burden of the missing with them, often decades later, is perfectly matched by Nixon’s emotional rendering of their words…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A searing account of how systemic racism robbed these victims of justice and continues to endanger Indigenous women and girls in Canada.” Paste
“This moving, well-sourced book is essential reading for anyone who cares about social injustice.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Jessica McDiarmid

Author Bio: Jessica McDiarmid

Jessica McDiarmid is Canadian journalist who has written about human rights, racial conflicts and social justice in publications such as the Associated Press, CBC, and the Toronto Star. She grew up near the Highway of Tears and has been investigating the murders for the past five years.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English