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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library HOK (Text) 33500013636527 New On holds shelf -
Mahnomen Public Library HOK (Text) 33500013636535 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781643751474
  • ISBN: 1643751476
  • Physical Description: 258 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2022.

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"A young Native American boy in a splintering family grasps for stability and love, making all the wrong choices until he finds a space of his own"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    *Starred Review* Hokeah's highly anticipated debut novel tells the story of Ever Geimausaddle, the son of a Cherokee mother and a Kiowa father, as he navigates life across Native lands in Oklahoma. Told through the perspectives of 12 different Native American and Mexican family members, this is a seamlessly woven tale portraying several generations. Each narrator's point of view provides new angles on Ever's life, which is repeatedly marked by violence and instability. As a very young child, Ever witnesses his father's nearly fatal beating by police. Poverty and his mother's job insecurity follow. Alcoholism and domestic abuse are never far removed. But Ever's ancestral heritage surfaces in ways that prove vital to finding his path, as in the Gourd Dances his cirrhotic grandfather shares with him and a healing blanket emblazoned with Bird Clan imagery quilted by his grandmother. Hokeah peppers his quick, punchy prose with untranslated indigenous vocabulary, which invites readers into the storytelling and binds the chapters in a shared vernacular. The result is a profound reflection on the ways familial and cultural trauma can threaten every generation while those very connections can also promise salvation. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Oscar Hokeah is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother's side and has Latinx heritage through his father. He holds an MA in English with a concentration in Native American Literature from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), with a minor in Indigenous Liberal Studies. He is a recipient of the Truman Capote Scholarship Award through IAIA and is also a winner of the Native Writer Award through the Taos Summer Writers Conference. His short stories have been published in South Dakota Review, American Short Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, Surreal South, and Red Ink Magazine. He works with Indian Child Welfare in Tahlequah.

Subject: Indians of North America > Fiction.
Families > United States > Fiction.
Indigenous peoples > Fiction.
Indians of North America.
United States.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Fictional Work
Social problem fiction.

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