An amazing triad of stories written in the views of Grandmother, Mother and Daughter. One of my favorite stories, it is the tale of Rayona and her life on and off the reservation. Most of the jokes are inside jokes that Native American would understand, but would go undetected by one not familiar with the culture. Heartfelt and tender, this is a book to read and keep to be read over and over.
Starting in the present and moving backward in time, this is the thrice-told tale of three women...15 year old part black Rayona, searching for a way to find herself...her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by both tenderness and resentment toward the people she loves...and the fierce and mysterious Ida, the mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, ancient betrayals, and undying dreams echo silently through th years, bonding and braiding together the three strands of their shared past===and future
What a beautiful touching book. Following three generations of women and their lives on an Indian reservation. The characters are so real and likeable, I became very attached to them. I almost didn't want this to end.
It has been a number of years since I have read this novel, but it remains in my upper stata of favorite books. Beautifully written, compelling characters, an absolutely gorgeous ending. What a loss to the literary world!
Excellent and amazing. By American Indian author Michael Dorris, a gripping family tale.