The Woman Who Owned the Shadows Author:Paula Gunn Allen Paula Gunn Allen is one of the foremost Native American writers of our time. The Woman Who Owned The Shadows, her first novel, was originally published in 1983, to critical acclaim. "An absorbing, often fascinating world is created," wrote Alice Hoffman in The New York Times Book Review. "Not only is it an exploration of racism, it is often a ... more »powerful and moving testament to feminism."
Ephanie is a Guadalupe woman living in New Mexico and on the fringes of her own life. The girl who was Ephanie's true love and childhood best friend is long gone, as is Ephanie's violent ex-husband. In their place, though, are the psychologically abusive cousin who inhabits her living room and the whirlwind of dark and elusive memories in her head. After Ephanie moves to San Francisco she finds her way back to herself both through the guidance of mythic spirit women, and the nourishing companionship of living women of her own culture. Then the shadows that have haunted her become shapes, and the shapes become women singing. She enters their song, and emerges in light.« less