Winter in the Blood

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Winter in the Blood

By James Welch; Sherman Alexie (Introduction by); Louise Erdrich (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143105220, 160pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2008

A contemporary classic from a major writer of the Native American renaissance, now adapted for film by Alex and Andrew Smith, starring Chaske Spencer and produced by Sherman Alexie
During his life, James Welch came to be regarded as a master of American prose, and his first novel, "Winter in the Blood," is one of his most enduring works. The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana's vast emptiness. "Winter in the Blood" is an evocative and unforgettable work of literature that will continue to move and inspire anyone who encounters it.
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About the Author
James Welch is the author of the novels Winter in the Blood, Fools Crow, for which he received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, The Indian Lawyer, The Death of Jim Lonely, and most recently, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana, and he graduated from the University of Montana, where he studied writing with the late Richard Hugo. Until recently, he served on the Montana State Board of Pardons. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Lois.

Bestselling author Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and is of German and Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent. Her novels include Love Medicine and The Beet Queen.

Praise For Winter in the Blood

"A nearly flawless novel about human life . . . Few books in any year speak so unanswerably, make their own local terms so thoroughly ours."
-Reynolds Price, The New York Times Book Review

"For some readers this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they have yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel."
-The New Republic

"An unnervingly beautiful book."
-Roger Sale, The New York Review of Books

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch � he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood. More at

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