Winter in the Blood
Winter in the Blood
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143105220, 160pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2008
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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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.
"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
Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch â�� he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood. More at NPR.org
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