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Girl With Skirt of Stars
     

Girl With Skirt of Stars

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by Jennifer Kitchell
 

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A thrill ride down the Colorado River as Navajo lawyer Lilly Chischilly becomes entangled in a web of murder, political agendas and questions that can only be understood from the spiritual perspective of her people.

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A thrill ride down the Colorado River as Navajo lawyer Lilly Chischilly becomes entangled in a web of murder, political agendas and questions that can only be understood from the spiritual perspective of her people.

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Publishers Weekly
Like the river that drives much of its plot, this debut novel runs smooth and fast, with the occasional turbulent rapids and a few circling eddies. Lilli Chischilly is a lawyer for the Navajo Nation who finds herself at the center of several dramas-the murder of a Navajo elder, the return of her childhood love, and the collision of a presidential campaign with a reservation community. Chischilly embarks on a symbolic river trip with presidential candidate Lee, his family and handlers, and her old flame Jerome. Stacked with dramatic tension, including Chischilly's doubts over the candidate's intentions towards her people anda would-be assassin with a score to settle against Lee, Kitchell's narrative can be awkward in its transitions, reintroducing lost plotlines abruptly. Still, the whole of the novel is tied together well by the Navajo perspective, presented with a matter-of-factness and lightness of touch that make it hard to believe that Kitchell, a geologist, isn't a Navajo herself; for that alone, she proves herself a new talent worth watching.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932636789
Publisher:
Pronghorn Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
100,815
File size:
522 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Kitchell has a Ph.D. in geology and has been a professor of paleontology at the University of Wisconsin. Growing up she spent summers in the southwest with her mother's family, developing a deep interest in Navajo culture.

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Girl With Skirt Of Stars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dulcibelle More than 1 year ago
The protagonist hides/buries two mutilated coyotes in the first chapter and then does nothing until the last few chapters. She spends the time in between literally floating down the Colorado River, thru the Grand Canyon, letting life happen to her. Even the action at the end is spurred by outside forces. While the story line may lack a little, the character development and descriptions are beautiful. And, there's a lot to learn about the Navajo way of life in this book. So, it's not a total loss. I would try another book by this author.
waterboy More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I started reading in the morning intending to stop after a chapter or two, and read straight through to the end. The story was action-packed, the characters delightful, the language magical, the cultural glimpses exotic and wonderful. Can't wait for the next in what I hope is a series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The many plot elenents keep flowing together like the river the main characters were rafting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good asTony Hillerman.