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Blessings (Signed)

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ISBN 10: 096710680X / ISBN 13: 9780967106809
Published by Red Lake Press, Navajo, NM, 1999
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Softcover. 8vo. No edition stated. SIGNED and inscribed by author on title page. Book is in near fine condition; one corner is lightly bent at tip. A crisp, bright copy. 190 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 12564

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Title: Blessings (Signed)

Publisher: Red Lake Press, Navajo, NM

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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This is a love story. In the mid-1950's a young doctor comes to the Navajo Reservation to study and to use new antibiotics for patients who have demonstrated resistance to existing anti-tuberculosis drugs. There he meets a beautiful Navajo girl. Together explore the spectacular Navajo country, she introduces him to the ceremonials of her people and they fall in love. Their eventual marriage brings into conflict the differing world views of the two societies from which they come. He is Jewish. She, though sent to a Catholic boarding school on the Reservation, feels more in touch with the religion of her own Navajo people. He promises to bring her back to the Navajo Reservation after one year in New York City because he knows her own home is where she will feel happiest. But he fails to keep his promise, moving to different parts of the country in pursuit of his own academic career. She agrees, though reluctantly, to every one of these moves. Some of their differences are resolved as she, feeling a close similarity between her native religion and his, volunteers and accepts conversion to the Jewish religion. In spite of this, the couple encounters prejudice of different types. She feels the hostility against herself as a person of color in the South, the coldness of her mother-in-law, and the hauteur of other, better-educated doctors' wives. He is called "squaw-man" by rednecks in Gallup, and made to feel unwelcome at sacred Navajo ceremonial. They have children and the children feel comfortable in both worlds. After 20 years he brings her back to the Southwest. There, in moments of happiness, they express their joy in the form of the blessings of their respective peoples.

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The first printing of 1,000 copies in paperback, nearly entirely sold out, will not be reprinted as such but will appear in a second, larger edition. The main novel of 190 pages will remain the same, but the book will be enlarged by the addition of four stories, two of which have been previously published (in the Santa Fe Literary Review and in Serape Anthology). Two of these stories are novella in length, and all have settings on the Navajo Reservation with connections to characters in the novel. Themes in these additional stories (that enlarge the book to 260 pages) include youthful adventures in the Canyon de chelly, withcraft, love, betrayal and the supernatural. Maps of the areas on the inside covers designate locations of events in the novel and in the stories. A glossary of Navajo terms and expressions used in the work are presented, with a pronouncing guide, in the modern Navajo orthography. The new logo of the Red Lake Press will appear for the firs! t time, a bird of the area around Red Lake, the pink-bellied Lewis' Woodpecker, discovered and named by the explorer and naturalist, Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Thus the logo is fitting for the region of Red Lake and for the West in general.

The second edition will be available in July, 2000 in paperback (ISBN 0967106818) at list price $14.50, and in hardcover (ISBN 0967106826) at list price $22.95. The cover of the paperback version will have the same splendid picture of a young Navajo girl, and the dust jacket of the hardcover version will also bear the same picture.

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