The Missing Morningstar: And Other Stories

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Torrey House Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author
Stacie Shannon Denetsosie is a member of the Navajo Nation and her clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater) and born for Naakaii Dine'é (Mexican). Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Scribendi, and Phoebe. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is a contributor to the Torrey House anthology Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild. She lives in Logan, Utah.
"​Propulsive and complex, this is a gorgeously written debut."

--KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

"The Missing Morningstar effortlessly exudes power and charm in equal measure. Denetsosie appears on the page fully formed. A feat of voice, texture, heart, and an absolute thrill to read."

--TOMMY ORANGE, author of There There

"A stunning debut collection."


"Denetsosie skillfully enlightens readers about the Diné experience, offering a deeper understanding and awareness."


"The poignant stories of The Missing Morningstar represent a world of people searching for love, fulfillment, and belonging."


"Denetsosie debuts with a bracing and poignant collection portraying the rugged lives of her Diné characters and their complex family bonds...A potent display of modern Navajo life."


"While devouring The Missing Morningstar, I reached for my heart and exclaimed with bittersweet joy the feeling of being seen by these powerfully observed short stories that are both heartbreaking and uplifting. Stacie Denetsosie's gorgeous short story collection plunged deep into my soul, where these strong and resilient Navajo characters will remain for a very, very long time."

--KALI FAJARDO-ANSTINE, bestselling author of Woman of Light

"Stacie Shannon Denetsosie has given us insight and honesty on what it is to be Navajo now."

--CALVIN CROSBY, The King's English Bookshop

"Denetsosie's new collection delivers gritty, fantastical, and beautifully intimate short stories that shed light on the young Indigenous experience."


"Whether it's a young Navajo man's unsettling encounter with his grandfather's casket, a gas station clerk entwined in the mystery of a kidnapped beauty queen, or a couple's quest to unravel the complexities of blood quantum in their pursuit of parenthood, Denetsosie's narratives resonate with the struggles and triumphs of a vibrant community."


"Denestosie gives an unfiltered peer into Diné modern familiarity, something that anyone can relate or learn from. She doesn't shy away from drawing a thread from contemporary life to tradition, bringing into stark constraints how colonialism has changed the conditions of everyday life for Diné people. Yet all of her characters experience love near fashion and grapple with life's toughest decisions."

--CAROLANN JANE DURO, Quiet Quail Books Founder

"The Missing Morningstar is a vivid and imaginative mapping of the lives of Diné people and the many faceted ways in which we exist in this world. The characters have such depth that I could still see and hear them long after I had finished reading. Denetsosie is very much a part of the renaissance of Diné literature and the reclaiming of our own stories."

--RAMONA EMERSON, author of Shutter

"The Missing Morningstar is full of voices that reveal grief and redemption. This collection is a compelling compendium of family, truths, loss and love. Denetsosie's voice is a wonderful addition to contemporary fiction that explores Indigenous lives. I loved it."

--BRANDON HOBSON, National Book Award finalist and author of The Removed

"Denetsosie's characters are tied to the land and one another in ways that nurture and sometimes hurt. They'll have you laughing, crying, and, sometimes, singing alongside them."

--KELLI JO FORD, author of Crooked Hallelujah

"Denetsosie offers up stories from Navajo Nation filled with travelers and returners, ill-fated lovers and disgruntled daughters. These are stories that will break your heart and make you laugh and break your heart some more."

--TONI JENSEN, author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land and From the Hilltop: Stories

"Denetsosie's voice, at once thunderous and tender, sings in The Missing Morningstar. Each story maps a fierce love for heritage, relationships, and family against a brilliant backdrop of constellations, flashing belt buckles, and searchlights. A stunning debut."

--KINSALE DRAKE, Founder of NDN Girls Book Club

"Two thirds heartbreak, one third redemption, these stories of contemporary life in and around the Navajo Reservation bear all the generational trauma of colonialism and all the hope and humor of the people who live between the four sacred peaks."

--PAM HOUSTON, author of Air Mail and Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country

"These short stories teem with ghosts of all kinds, from the spirits of loved ones who've passed on, to the ghots of lost love, to the relentless poltergeist of colonialism. Despite it all, Denetsosie's characters are powerful reminders of why we keep on living. These are characters that will live with me long after finishing the book!"

--HALEE KIRKWOOD, Birchbark Books

"The stories in The Missing Morningstar made me laugh, cry, and then immediately begin reading them again. The tales move from the Navajo Reservation to Idaho and Utah, illuminating the beauty, joy, and pain of Native life in the twenty-first century. A fantastic collection by a stunning new voice in Indigenous literature."

--DAVID HESKA WANBLI WEIDEN, author of Winter Counts