By Janet McAdams
(University of Arizona Press, Paperback, 9780816520350, 190pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
Against the backdrop of Central American politics, this suspenseful first novel from award-winning poet Janet McAdams explores an important chapter in American Indian history. Through finely drawn, compelling characters and lucidly beautiful prose, Red Weather explores the journey from loss to possibility, from the secrets of the past to the longings of the present.
Janet McAdams is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College. She is the author of two collections of poetry, including The Island of Lost Luggage, also published by the University of Arizona Press, which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the American Book Award. She is the founding editor of the Earthworks book series from Salt Publishing, which focuses on indigenous poetry.
"Driven with beautiful balance by stories and characters, Janet McAdams's Red Weather breathes new life into the radical legacy of the Native 1970s. In prose that recalls Joan Didion's Salvador, McAdams offers reasons to hope for rain, dawn, and even justice--but she reminds us, as well, that hope has a price." --Robert Warrior
"Janet McAdams is a writer with a powerful and original voice, as readers of her poetry know well. Red Weather is an outstanding novel, from first graceful page to last. It's a captivating debut that will surely introduce this important writer to new readers, even as it rewards her dedicated fans." --Katharine Weber, author of The Memory of All That, True Confections, and Triangle