Brothers on Three

By Abe Streep
Author: Abe Streep
ISBN: 9781250210685
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ISBN: 9781250210685
Brothers on Three

From journalist Abe Streep, the story of coming of age on a reservation in the American West and a team uniting a community.

March 11, 2017, was a night to remember: in front of the hopeful eyes of thousands of friends, family members, and fans, the Arlee Warriors would finally bring the high school basketball state championship title home to the Flathead Indian Reservation. The game would become the stuff of legend, with the boys revered as local heroes. The team’s place in Montana history was now cemented, but for starters Will Mesteth, Jr. and Phillip Malatare, life would keep moving on—senior year was only just beginning.

In Brothers on Three, we follow Phil and Will, along with their teammates, coaches, and families, as they balance the pressures of adolescence, shoulder the dreams of their community, and chart their own individual courses for the future. And in doing so, a picture emerges of the challenges of growing up as Indigenous youth in the contemporary American West.

Brothers on Three is not simply a story about high school basketball, about state championships and a winning team. It is a book about community, and it is about boys on the cusp of adulthood, finding their way through the intersecting worlds they inhabit and forging their own paths to personhood.

From journalist Abe Streep, the story of coming of age on a reservation in the American West and a team uniting a community.

March 11, 2017, was a night to remember: in front of the hopeful eyes of thousands of friends, family members, and fans, the Arlee Warriors would finally bring the high school basketball state championship title home to the Flathead Indian Reservation. The game would become the stuff of legend, with the boys revered as local heroes. The team’s place in Montana history was now cemented, but for starters Will Mesteth, Jr. and Phillip Malatare, life would keep moving on—senior year was only just beginning.

In Brothers on Three, we follow Phil and Will, along with their teammates, coaches, and families, as they balance the pressures of adolescence, shoulder the dreams of their community, and chart their own individual courses for the future. And in doing so, a picture emerges of the challenges of growing up as Indigenous youth in the contemporary American West.

Brothers on Three is not simply a story about high school basketball, about state championships and a winning team. It is a book about community, and it is about boys on the cusp of adulthood, finding their way through the intersecting worlds they inhabit and forging their own paths to personhood.

Abe Streep
Abe Streep has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Outside, The California Sunday Magazine, WIRED, and Harper's. His writing has been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and noted by Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is a recipient of the 2019 American Mosaic Journalism Prize for deep reporting on underrepresented communities.

Praise for Abe Streep

“In addition to being great sports journalism that will touch anyone who loves high school sports, Streep’s book will appeal to readers interested in histories of generational trauma.”

Library Journal
Starred Review

“An action-packed yet reflective account of the quest for a high school basketball championship on and off a Montana Indian reservation… A thoughtful call for social justice as much as a story of striving for athletic excellence.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Meticulously-reported and exquisitely-written, Abe Streep’s Brothers On Three is a masterwork of immersive journalism. Streep’s integrity as a journalist and as a human shines through on every page.”

Eliza Griswold
Pulitzer Prize winning author of AMITY AND PROSPERITY and THE TENTH PARALLEL

“Streep is in top form with the on-court action and insights into the discrimination faced by Native athletes… This is a rousing portrait of a long-shot team beating the odds.”

Publishers Weekly

“A heart-stomping, heart-stopping read. Unsentimental. Unforgettable. Astonishing. Brothers on Three captures the roar of a community spirit powered by blood history, loyalty, and ferocious love.”

Debra Magpie Earling
author of PERMA RED

“Beautiful. Extraordinary. Step up into this book, which like all great books leads us to the center of something of great importance. Who deserves a place in Montana, or for that matter, a place in America? To be not just the writer who wrote this book, but the person who could write this book, and ask these questions, took a sublime amount of humility and grace.  Long live Arlee, its elders and its children. They bring honor to our world.”

Bob Shacochis
Recipient of the National Book Award, author of KINGDOMS IN THE AIR and THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SOUL

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