Ask me what my favorite book is and the answer is always Perma Red. Recently someone looked at me a bit sideways when I said this and responded 'why?'. So I re-read the book for at least the seventh time to find out. Right off the bat I knew one of the reasons why I love this book so much was the fact my mom loves it. She let me borrow the book 20 years ago and since then we have taken turns stealing it back from one another. To read the notes in your favorite book of your own native mother on such a raw and home hitting novel is transformative. But recently re-reading it I realized it was actually less of the story that hit me than the descriptions of the wild land that Louise runs around on that made me fall in love with it once again. Growing up as a very young child on a ranch, being able to be so free on the land has molded me into who I am today. And without getting into the muck of it all. I can see my grandmothers, aunts, mother and sisters in all of the characters; Louise, Grandmother Magpie, Florence, and Dirty Swallow.