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Jim Loney is a half-breed trying to make sense of his troubled past as he searches for his identity. Set in Montana, Welch's novel exemplifies the struggles of North American Indians to overcome the desolation and despair that they may feel.
Through the eyes of a young man named Fools Crow, we watch the Native American tribe of Pikuni live in harmony with nature, but with the coming of the white men, their way of life disintegrates. Historical fiction.
This is a story of the American Indian that we have seldom seen: a stranger in a strange land, often an invisible man, loving, violent, trusting, wary, protective, and defenseless against a society that excludes him but judges him by its rules. A richly crafted novel of cultural crossing that is a triumph of storytelling and the historical imagination.
His shiny Saab and his finely tailored suits make Sylvester Yellow Calf's childhood unimaginable. Abandoned by his parents, he was raised in poverty on the Blackfoot reservation in Montana. Now a prominent lawyer, Sylvester moves between two worlds, feeling slightly out of place in each. In the city, the possibilities of business and political success seem limitless for Sylvester, until the parole board on which he sits denies release to convict Jack Harwood. Bent on freedom, Harwood engineers a cunning scheme that threatens to ensnare Sylvester and destroy his career. The Indian Lawyer is a vivid evocation of the American West and a provocative tale of the paradoxes of assimilation.
General George Custer's 1876 attack on a huge encampment of Plains Indians has gone down as the most disastrous defeat in American history. Much less understood is how disastrous it was for the "victors," the Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Sitting Bull: within fifteen years all Native Americans were confined to reservations, their culture in ruins. James Welch poignantly resurrects their side of the story from beneath a mountain of myth and misinterpretation, relating in masterful prose the pride and desperation of a people stripped of treaty rights and hounded from ancestral hunting grounds into wretched reservations. Through this critical missing piece that tells the Indian side of the story, Killing Custer rethinks the meaning of the Little Bighorn for a multicultural society. This book grew out of the research done by the authors for their Emmy award-winning American Experience documentary, "Last Stand at Little Bighorn."
Richard Hugo was a major American poet, an influential and inspiring teacher, and a master of the personal essay. Many of these essays have now been assembled and arranged by Ripley Hugo, the poet's widow and a writer and teacher, and by Lois and James Welch, writers and close friends of the poet. Together the essays constitute a compelling autobiographical narrative that takes the poet from his lonely childhood, through the war years and his working and creative life, to an interview just before his untimely death in 1982. The introduction is by William Matthews, also a friend of Hugo's. Richard Hugo, author of eight volumes of poetry, directed the University of Montana's creative-writing program and edited the Yale Younger Poets Series. Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems was published in 1984. Ripley Hugo lives in Missoula, Montana, as do the Welches.
Now with an introduction from celebrated poet James Tate, Riding the Earthboy 40 is the only volume of poetry written by acclaimed Native American novelist James Welch. The title of the book refers to the forty acres of Montana land Welch's father once leased from a Blackfeet family called Earthboy. This land and its surroundings shaped the writer's worldview as a youth, its rawness resonates in the vitality of his elegant poetry, and his verse shows a great awareness of a moment in time, of a place in nature, and of the human being in context. Deeply evoking the specific Native American experience in Montana, Welch's poems nonetheless speak profoundly to all readers. With its new introduction, this vital work that has influenced so many American writers is certain to capture a new generation of readers.
Welch's first novel. The author of Fool's Crow and Indian Lawyer presents an extraordinary, evocative novel about a young Native American coming to terms with his heritage--and his dreams. "A nearly flawless novel about human life". --Reynolds Price, New York Times Book Review.
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