DescriptionMichael Dorris' contemporary classic novel is a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting at the present day and moving back in time, the novel is told in the voices of three women: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona, searching for a way to find herself; her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother, whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past-and their future.
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About the Author
Michael Anthony Dorris (1945-1997) was an American author and winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir, The Broken Cord. He and his wife, author Louise Erdrich, frequently collaborated in their writing. Michael also helped found the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth.
Memorable...Marvelous.-- "The Washington Post"
Vivid, intense...Straight from the heart.-- "Newsday"
Powerful and deeply evocative...Michael Dorris has created a set of Characters so real that they seem to acquire lives of their own.-- "Mademoiselle"
Dorris imbues the breath of verisimilitude into each gesture, word, and memory of three unforgettable women characters.-- "Booklist (starred review)"