Crazy Horse's girlfriend / Erika T. Wurth.
- ISBN: 9781940430430
- ISBN: 1940430437
- Physical Description: 285 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Curbside Splendor Pub., 2014.
MN American Indian literature.
Margaritte is a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 August #1
Coming-of-age is complicated; ask Margaritte. Desperately anxious to escape a dreary future in her hometown of Idaho Springs, Colorado, the 16-year-old Native American has taken to drug dealing to squirrel away money for a palmier future. Her partner in crime is her cousin and best friend, Jake, who is also Native American. Both teens are enthusiastic users of their product but eschew harder stuff like the cocaine to which Margaritte's new boyfriend, Mike, is addicted. Alcohol is her father's drug of choice; indeed, he is a violently angry alcoholic who has recently threatened his family with a gun. To top it all off, Margaritte has discovered she is pregnant. Mike, the father, begs her to keep the baby, but her mother threatens that if she doesn't abort the fetus, she will throw her out of the house. What to do? The answers, like the situations that prompt them, are often melodramatic. No wonder Margaritte thinks, my life had just somehow come up to the level of a telenovela. True, but the novel is also a compelling and affecting look at the ineluctable awfulness of some teens' lives. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Erika T. Wurth is Apache / Chickasaw / Cherokee and was raised on the outskirts of Denver. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and was a writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review and Drunken Boat. Her debut collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press.
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