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Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty. His father, Red Shirt, is dead; his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging. But when Loxie dies in a car wreck, leaving him with his son, Jack, whom he hardly knows, Danny uses the magnificent stories of Red Shirt to guide him toward true fatherhood. Together, Danny and Jack begin to make a life from the dreams of yesterday and the ruins of today's Northwestern reservations.
Publisher: New York : Picador, [1997], ©1984
ISBN: 9780312152444
Branch Call Number: FICTION LESLEY 1997
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 20, 2014

Northwest author Craig Lesley's debut novel (1984, not 1997 as it lists) is a poignant, understated book about fathers and sons, hunting, the past the present, and the lives of Native Americans living in the 20th century. It really tells two stories, that of a rodeo rider who reconnects with his son on a road trip and the rodeo rider's recollection of his dead father. As someone who's never hunted and probably never will, I got a little bored with the hunting scenes, but could appreciate their inclusion. You might also like Sherman Alexie's books.


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