HAMILTON, Dakota




Author Tags: Fiction

A UBC Creative Writing grad, Dakota Hamilton has worked with female prisoners, does cement casting and also photographs Harley Davidson Motorcycles in her spare time. Her comic adventure includes recipes for Chocolate Pecan Hash Brownies and Fire-Eater Funeral Chili.

BOOKS:

Freedom's Just Another Word (HarperCollins, 1998)

[BCBW 2004] "Fiction"

Freedom's Just Another Word (HarperCollins, $26)
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When Mongrel came upstairs with a gun pointing at Maggie, she wasn't about to argue with him. "I mean, he's a great shot and everything, but what if he misses and I end up with brain damage or something? I'm a vegetable for the rest of my life. I ask him if he wants a brownie."
So begins Dakota Hamilton's Freedom's Just Another Word (HarperCollins, $26), a first novel that has been compared to Thelma and Louise. After her Harley-riding, drug-dealing husband turns the gun around, points it at his chest and pulls the trigger, Maggie is caught scrubbing the bloodstains off Mongrel's shirt and is sent to a maximum security prison.
Under the guise of a recovery program, she and her fellow members of Freedom Anonymous escape from prison. "Gritty and vulnerable, naive and streetsmart," the women embark on a road trip that is part love affair, part healing ritual "laced with Native spirituality and the dark prophecies of Maggie's tarot cards."
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[BCBW 1998]