In rough house Ontiveros follows her father, Loyd, a logger roaming across the timber-and-mill towns of the Pacific Northwest, living in trailers and shelters he builds for his family. Stuck in a lifelong migration between sobriety and chaos, he’s forever starting over. As Loyd moves through his forested territory, he hurts and abandons his daughter countless times. But he also makes wonder, imagination, and grit into family values. rough house speaks plainly and certainly about the strength and joy that can be forged in struggle, affirming our shared humanity and the redemptive power of love.
Tina Ontiveros is a writer and teacher based in Oregon. Raised below the federal poverty line, she is the first person in her family to go to college and completed her college education while raising her children. Tina’s work explores class and the social constructs that marginalize the poor.