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Shell Shaker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Shell Shaker Shakes It Up!

    I just finished reading LeAnne Howe's novel, Shell Shaker, and was pleased to learn that it has won an American Book Award for 2002. The book concerns Choctaw society and takes place over three centuries. Howe does an excellent job of melding it all together, producing a story that holds your interest, and grips your imagination. The bridge between ancient Choctaw history, and today's Choctaw culture is flawless. Shakbatina, Anoleta, Divine Sarah, Auda Billy and her family; all the strong, proud, funny, and scary women of this book teach us to endure and laugh at that endurance, knowing that, in the end everything really IS everything. The men are equally as interesting, flawed or heroic, this is definitely not a 'girly' book. This book is a combination of mysticism, and mystery, humor and tragedy, and keeps you guessing as to the outcome. The research behind the novel is painstaking, and brings a realism that makes you care about the characters, even the bad guys. Redford McAlester didn't start out bad, nor did Red Shoes, but greed and power can turn souls. Hope to see more of Ms. Howe's work in the future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Love this book!

    This Choctaw supernatural odyssey is the first novel by author and playwright LeAnne Howe, who has been published in anthologies such as Spiderwoman's Granddaughters, Earth Song, Sky Spirit, Returning the Gift, and Through the Eye of the Deer. Red Shoes, a Choctaw warrior in the 1700s, was assasinated by his own people for acts against the Choctaw nation. Red McAlester, a Choctaw tribal chieftan in the 1990s, is murdered for acts against the Choctaw nation. What these two men have in common, and the impact they have on the women in their lives, forms the basis for a fascinating read about Choctaw society then and now and the very important place family holds in Choctaw society. I have been following LeAnne Howe's writing since I saw her play Indian Radio Days in 1993. Her story An American in New York has been published in the United States, Italy and Denmark. I have the tape Hawk in Hand, which is live performance of several of LeAnne's stories set to music. LeAnne has researched many aspects of Choctaw society, such as bone-picking and early interactions with French settlers. All in all a good read. I look forward to seeing more of LeAnne's work in the future.

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