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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman’s struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a Native girl adopted by a White family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the Reserve for their mother’s funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present.


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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman’s struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a Native girl adopted by a White family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the Reserve for their mother’s funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present.

30 review for Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Lovely with just the right amount of sad.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keishla Gerena

    Easy to read, entertaining and very down to earth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kareen Samuels

    The premise is great but it seems so rushed that it came up short. There's little character development. Janice, Barb, Tonto all could be memorable characters if they had been developed fully and I do understand that a play is different from a novel but it could be accomplished. I like the situational irony set up of the Amy Hart scenario but I'm not sure it was effectively achieved. Also, Janice is presented as a strong character; however, she's too easily persuaded: first to return to Otter La The premise is great but it seems so rushed that it came up short. There's little character development. Janice, Barb, Tonto all could be memorable characters if they had been developed fully and I do understand that a play is different from a novel but it could be accomplished. I like the situational irony set up of the Amy Hart scenario but I'm not sure it was effectively achieved. Also, Janice is presented as a strong character; however, she's too easily persuaded: first to return to Otter Lake and then to get drunk. The dialogue between the boys seems to create questions that were never addressed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nunu

    4.3 stars It’s really sad that Anne passes away. I understood why Janice ran away on their first reunion. It was a lost for Janice knowing that her biological mother is the sweetest mom. She had lost 35 years of her life on a chance of living with her mom. Sighs.... my poor heart is broken again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A short play that revolves around a woman who was taken in the Scoop. It’s good. It uses humour to keep the play light despite its heavy subject matter. Some of the humor is— just ok.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Nicole

    5 Word Reviews: Poignant, interesting, lively, and necceasry

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    story telling without pat answers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I would love to see this performed. Starkly honest.

  9. 5 out of 5

    A 💋

    Required Academic Reading

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    it's a great and short read. it covers a few of the topics of concern for indigenous peoples. it's a great and short read. it covers a few of the topics of concern for indigenous peoples.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trace Lara Hentz

    This book was recommended and I still think about it now. Excellent!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Persian89

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    Zoë

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saanii

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    Emily

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    Jennifer Loken

  17. 4 out of 5

    Acfan11

  18. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

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    Dana

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    Aleta Fera

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Starkidgleek22

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fatcaat

  24. 5 out of 5

    EnAvantCamarade

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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    Cheska Hiavia

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    Jennifer Walker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marta

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kasey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Oleksandr

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