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Firesticks: A Collection of Stories

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Incorporating elements of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, Diane Glancy’s stories are lyrical yet down to earth, often tough and gritty. Experimental, sometimes surreal in form, they nevertheless concern people who are very real-a color-blind young boy who watches planes in flight and imagines color; a shy stamp collector who speculates that he and his friend, like the stamps, could go anywhere via the U.S. Post Office; an old woman who dies in the cold landscape of her inner life but retains her vision; a...

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Overview

Incorporating elements of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, Diane Glancy’s stories are lyrical yet down to earth, often tough and gritty. Experimental, sometimes surreal in form, they nevertheless concern people who are very real-a color-blind young boy who watches planes in flight and imagines color; a shy stamp collector who speculates that he and his friend, like the stamps, could go anywhere via the U.S. Post Office; an old woman who dies in the cold landscape of her inner life but retains her vision; a cynical woman reluctant to take risks with yet another traveling man.

In spite of life’s hard realities, Firesticks is filled with humor and hope and a stitching together of cultures, as the crossblood characters search for their identities.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her uniformly excellent collection, the fifth book in the American Indian Literature and Critical Studies series edited by Gerald Vizenor, Glancy ( Brown Wolf Leaves the Res ) offers 19 stories, most previously unpublished. The modern-day Native Americans presented here are far from the romanticized Indians of popular imagination: they suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome, go to church, work in diners and at times seem almost indistinguishable from anyone else in the dominant culture. All of them are dreamers. Louis wants to be ``The First Indian Pilot,'' although he is color-blind; the heroine of the title story (spread out in installments throughout the book) yearns to escape a small, dreary Oklahoma town; the unnamed old woman in ``Polar Breath'' dreams of and longs for her dead husband. Primarily known as a poet, Glancy invests her prose with tremendous emotional resonance, celebrating the importance of language in tales that often seem more like poems than conventional short stories. Herself of Cherokee descent, she gives powerful voice to a colonized people striving to live with integrity in the midst of the culture that overpowered their ancestors. ( Mar. )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806124902
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: American Indian Literature Series , #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The First Indian Pilot 3
Jack Wilson or Wovoka and Christ my Lord 11
The Crosswalk at Galtier Park 19
Firesticks 25
A Family to Which Nothing Happened 31
Firesticks 37
A Phenomenon of Light 45
Initially 51
Firesticks 55
Stamp Dance 69
The Alligator King 79
Firesticks 83
An American Proverb 95
Polar Breath 99
Firesticks 107
Chelly Repp 117
Firesticks 125
Proverb, American 133
Animal (trans)Formations 135
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