From the Ashes

From the Ashes

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle—once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar—chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

If I can just make it to the next minute . . . then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead.

From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.

Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. And the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. One day, he finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around.

In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education.

An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help one find happiness despite the odds.

Title:From the Ashes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982101213
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    From the Ashes Reviews

  • Candie

    This book is extremely intense. I have multiple family members who have dealt with many of the things he has dealt with and it was just really hard to read. I literally felt sick to my stomach reading...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Jesse Thistle has joined us in our Behind the Pages group for a spoiler-free Q& A You can find the thread to the Q & A here://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/21735270...From the Ashes: My Story of Being...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    5+ outstanding stars!Easily earned a spot on my 2020 Favourites List.Raw. Eye-opening. Informative. Heart wrenching. Impactful. I am forever changed after reading this. One of the toughest, most hones...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    From the Ashes is probably one of the most important modern Canadian books to be published recently, not only because it breaks the stereotypes of Canadian writing (why do people always think that all...

  • Paltia

    A fearless memoir of one man’s journey to find himself. He’s never afraid to look way below the surface at what drives his behaviour. He writes this with the full knowledge that he can’t rewrite...

  • MissBecka Gee

    While I appreciate Thistle sharing his story with the world, it didn't really work for me.The narration provided by the author was robotic and added nothing emotionally.A story with so much heartbreak...

  • Mikey B.

    This is a gut-wrenching autobiography about a man (Jesse Thistle) who descended into relentless depths. He was addicted to all kinds of drugs and alcohol – anything to get a high and to remove himse...

  • Kathleen

    "If I can just make it to the next minute, then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead."FROM THE ASHES: MY STORY OF BEING METIS, HOM...

  • Wendy

    From The Ashes, by Jesse Thistle, is a finalist in Canada Reads 2020.I was deeply moved by this autobiography. He paints an achingly sad and honest picture of a young man lost and self-destructive, co...

  • Krista

    Bone grinding on wire: that is my morning cup of coffee, that is what wakes me up every day, and that is what reminds me that the fall from my brother's apartment window was real – and that I'm l...