Few people can justify a memoir at the age of 33. Gregory Scofield is the exception, a young man who has inhabited several lives in the time most of us can manage only one. Thunder Through My Veins is his traumatic, tender and hopeful story of his fight to rediscover and accept himself.
Born into a Métis family of Cree, Scottish, English and French descent but never told of his heritage, Gregory knew he was different. His father disappeared after he was born, and at five he was separated from his mother and sent to live with strangers and extended family. There began a childhood marked by constant loss, poverty, violence and self-hatred. Only his love for his sensitive but battered mother and his Aunty Georgina, a neighbor who befriended him, kept him alive.
It wasn’t until he set out to search for his roots and began to chronicle his life in evocative, award-winning poetry, that he found himself released from the burdens of the past and able to draw upon the wisdom of those who went before him.
Thunder Through My Veins is the strong, beautiful bridge that spans Gregory Scofield’s often opposing cultural backgrounds. Heartbreaking, but ultimately redeeming, his is a universal story of self-discovery, acceptance and the power of art to heal.