The Ancient Child: A Novel

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In his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday shapes the ancient Kiowa myth of a boy who turned into a bear into a timeless American classic. The Ancient Child juxtaposes Indian lore and Wild West legend into a hypnotic, often lyrical contemporary novel--the story of Locke Setman, known as Set, a Native American raised far from the reservation by his adoptive father. Set feels a strange aching in his soul and, returning to tribal lands for the funeral of his grandmother, is drawn irresistibly to the fabled bear-boy. When he meets Grey, a beautiful young medicine woman with a visionary gift, his world is turned upside down. Here is a magical saga of one man's tormented search for his identity--a quintessential American novel, and a great one.

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N. Scott Momaday is a novelist, a poet, and a painter. Among the awards he has received for writing are the Pulitzer Prize and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello." He is Regent's Professor of English at the University of Arizona, and he lives in Tucson with his wife and daughter.

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"A tour-de-force of clarity and brilliance."-- "San Francisco Chronicle""An intriguing combination of myth, fiction, and storytelling that demonstrates the continuing power and range of Momaday's creative vision . . . As Momaday's vision unfolds, the reader recognizes storytelling that is coninuous and timeless . . .These are magical words. Listen."-- "Washington Post""Some of the finest writing about the plains I've ever read..."The Ancient Child" comes as close to a book-length prose poem as any novel you'll see this year. Put aside your normal expectations and let it have its way with you, and you'll be in for a real treat."-- Alan Cheuse, "All Things Considered" (National Public radio)

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