To Spoil The Sun Author:Joyce Rockwood "I know now why there are omens. I know a thing can be so horrible that the world must shudder at its coming." — Rain Dove tells her story. It is a personal story; an intense portrayal of a traditional Indian life, a life no different in many ways from that of the Cherokees who lived before her. — The story opens when Rain Dove is eleven years old... more » and spans two generations, taking her through a marriage to Mink, the most spiritually powerful man in the village, a second marriage to the much younger Trotting Wolf; to being a mother herself. In the poignant story of her deep love for both men and the sensitively drawn family relationships, the Cherokee culture unfolds.
This eventful, moving, bittersweet story also portrays the beginning of the end of the Cherokee way of life. For Rain Dove's story is the Cherokee story, a story of invasion, of Spanish ships, of smallpox sweeping across her world like and invisible fire. Lying in the shadow of the foreboding omens of her childhood, and of the stories that drifted into her mountain home from the people near the coast, Rain Dove tells of floating town houses on the sea, of strangers with light-colored skin whose nature seemed black and foul, who brought with them the devastating invisible fire. And then she tells of the fire itself.
This is a beautifully written, haunting evocation of Cherokee Indian life.« less