By Brenda Partington
The State of Oklahoma is well known for incarcerating more women per capita than any other state in America. This is the story of a survivor of the Oklahoma system. Beginning with her second stay in a mental institution, and then flashing back to the previous occurrences in her life, Daughter of my People tells the story of an unfortunate young woman in a backward system who maintained the desire to persevere, despite the odds against her. This memoir is both bitter-sweet and hilarious. It is a story about an unlikable young woman who grows up to be undesirable, and yet who confirms that maintaining one’s own value in oneself, despite what everyone else thinks, is the way to survive and thrive.