Title: Mary Wallace Roanhorse - SIGNED BY AUTHOR
Publisher: North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.: Booksurge Llc
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
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Synopsis: Mary Wallace Roanhorse describes the rich and full world of a half-Navajo, half-African American female who leaves behind reservation poverty and rises above parental neglect and sexual abuse in foster care. While working as a lawyer in Phoenix during a modern Christian crusade, called Restoration, Mary becomes friends with Charlie, a gay Irishman twice her age. He provides the support necessary for her to overcome her abusive childhood and reclaim her identity. She climbs out of the mind numbing personal world where she often retreated to keep her rage from overwhelming her. After rescuing a young woman at the scene of a street riot between Restoration Christian crusaders and Waves Liberation resisters, and now a hero in her own right, she embraces her Navajo origins and takes action to bring her abuser to justice.
About the Author: After retiring from the Phoenix Indian Center, in August 2004, Jack W. Boyd wanted to give something back to his Indian clients and friends. The novel, Mary Wallace Roanhorse, began writing itself on his daily hikes on desert trails around his home about twenty miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. After walking everyday for miles among the giant saguaro, Boyd returned home and wrote as if he was channeling a story that lived in the desert somewhere around him. Writing was a way for him to mine his thirty-five years of service to families and children that began as a Peace Corps teacher in Kenya in 1967 and draw upon his eleven years of experience as a social worker and counselor at the Phoenix Indian Center. Making the urban Native American more visible is his goal. The protagonist, Mary Roanhorse, is similar to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans who are seeking education and employment opportunities, leave their tribal homes, and migrate to major cities. In doing so, they acquire an additional label, the ?off-reservation Indian.? Unfortunately, being Indian and living in large cities makes the urban Indian doubly invisible to non-Indian people of the so-called dominant society. Boyd?s novel is not just for Indians. It?s for anyone who is willing to listen to the voice within that warns?the pathway America is on is moving us further away from the Promised Land, not closer. Fiction is a way to highlight the deeper truths from the worlds of ignorance and illusion. Mary, half Navajo and half African American, faces her truth during her quest to discover her identity at a time in the future when America has gone crazy. The imagined time in America is a warning. Like Mary?s hero Charlie in the story, however, Boyd seeks to emphasize the heroic in all of us. Charlie says, ?We can be up to the challenge, but we must think clearly about what we are told and what we decide to believe.?
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