Larry L. Bailey Birthright

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Birthright

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BIRTHRIGHT is the powerful story of a traditional American family driven ever westward by changing climates and economic conditions until they finally are faced with the loss of their farm and, more importantly, the loss of the way of life they had followed for countless generations. All this comes crashing down on Harry Isaacson, the heir to the farm, on the morning of the auction. As he makes his final rounds of the old place he recalls his own life, that of his parents and his grandparents, and he gropes for an answer that will allow him to continue farming and pass the knowledge on to his own children. He must not break the chain of life on the land. Harry's Native American wife, Judith, is gone with the children, moved to the city to survive. Harry remembers his grandfather's wisdom and the teachings of Long Joe, a Native elder and relative of Judith, and he tries to steady himself, to face his bleak prospects with courage and grace. The story is resolved in a breathtaking ending full of twists and surprises.

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This intriguing autobiographical novel set in Washington State is the premiere project of Highland Press. Harry Isaacson returns from Vietnam feeling withdrawn and alienated from family, friends, and society in general. Searching for his niche, he tries academia, leaves it for the building trade, and, finally, settles on farming. His search is directed by a psyche rendered fragile by the Vietnam experience, alcohol, and drugs. Only two things offer stability: his Native American wife and his love of the land. Bailey looks at the corporate takeover of the family farm, compares the European-based culture of the United States with that of the Native American, and addresses a variety of other issues in this fictionalized commentary on U.S. society during the Reagan years. Recommended.
- Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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