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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Author: Michael Dorris
The national bestseller A Yellow Raft in Blue Water 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 in the present and moving backward in time, this is the thrice-told tale of three women... 15-year-old part-black Rayona, search...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446387873
ISBN-10: 0446387878
Publication Date: 1/1998
Pages: 372
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 133 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
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.
reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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
Yoni avatar reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 312 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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!
reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent and amazing. By American Indian author Michael Dorris, a gripping family tale.
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imperfectveganmama avatar reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 13 more book reviews
A shame that this book sat on my bookshelf for many years while I passed it up for more current novels. Michael Dorris drew me in with his vivid, poetic words and captured me with his interesting, multidimensional characters. Dorris begins the story in present day and works back to the past and it works. I dreaded coming to the end of this novel.
jodis419 avatar reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 3 more book reviews
Michael Dorris does an excellent job in writing from the perspective of 3 generations of indian women - all with very distinctly different voices.
MarieSeagull avatar reviewed A Yellow Raft in Blue Water on + 19 more book reviews
Mysterious, suspenseful reading.


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