Title: The outside circle
Author: LaBoucane-Benson, Patti
Pubisher: House of Anasi Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781770899377 (softcover)
In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers -- both gang members surrounded by poverty and drug abuse, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their live. Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. After returning home one evening, Pete and his mother's boyfriend, Dennis get into a violent struggle, which send Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially maintain his gang ties, a jail brawl forces Pete to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey and encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation through a traditional healing circle. Powerful, courageous and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author's twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of Aboriginal men who are gang-affiliated or incarcerated.