A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope On a Reservation in Montana
by Abe Streep
Winner of the 2021 Montana Book Award**
Winner of the2021 New Mexico-Arizona General Nonfiction Book Award**
Finalist for the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Nonfiction**
A New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick**
“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
From journalist Abe Streep, a 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 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.
Brothers on Three is not simply a story about high school basketball, 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.