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Roofwalker

Power, Susan

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ISBN 10: 1571310398 / ISBN 13: 9781571310392
Published by Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine unread copy protected by Brodart Archival cover. The cover, "Migrations," by Jim Denomie, is a painting that hangs in the author's residence. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000226

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Title: Roofwalker

Publisher: Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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From the acclaimed novelist--winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for her first book of fiction The Grass Dancer--comes a short story collection that plumbs the depths of Native American displacement and dreams. In the title story of Susan Power’s new book, a Sioux spirit stalks the night sky looking for the best dreams, which become true when he consumes them. In "Wild Turnips," a Sioux woman in a nursing home wants good moccasins for an imagined return to the prairie: "I would get younger and younger as I traveled through our territory." Set at Harvard, "First Fruits" describes a young woman’s encounter with ways of learning that are not about believing and seeing. Power’s characters move with poetic grace through an uncertain world with the strength of an ancient culture guiding them.

From Publishers Weekly:

Power continues to explore her Native American heritage in this short story collection, a poignant, evocative follow-up to her PEN/Hemingway Award-winning first book, The Grass Dancer. Many of the stories have dual settings involving Sioux protagonists who have emigrated from North Dakota to Chicago, starting with the title story, which tells of a young girl's longings for her father after he abandons her mother and the girl's two siblings. Family ties are another connecting thread: "Watermelon Seeds" is a familiar story about a 16-year-old girl who tries to battle her mother's disapproval after her older boyfriend gets her pregnant; "Beaded Soles" is a taut, unusual tale in which a woman murders her husband after a difficult relocation to Chicago and a miscarriage. Power effectively uses vivid, colorful Native American imagery and myths in the longer stories, but several of the shorter entries are fragmented and shakier-"The Attic" is an ordinary account of some intriguing heirlooms that a woman finds among her family's artifacts, while "Chicago Waters" is a better, more complex series of musings about the perils and potential of swimming in Lake Michigan. The author displays a greater sense of narrative command here than in her debut, which allows her to take risks with her conceits and story lines. Occasionally she veers toward cliches of Native American fiction, but her confident voice marks her as a writer with potential.
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