Ledfeather

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After burning up the blacktop in New Mexico with The Fast Red Road and rewriting Indian history on the Great Plains with The Bird is Gone, Stephen Graham Jones now takes us to Montana. Set on a Blackfeet Indian reservation, the life of one Indian boy, Doby Saxon, is laid bare through the eyes of those who witness it: his near-death experience, his suicide attempts, his brief glimpse of victory, and the unnecessary death of one of his best friends.

But through Doby there emerges ...

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Overview

After burning up the blacktop in New Mexico with The Fast Red Road and rewriting Indian history on the Great Plains with The Bird is Gone, Stephen Graham Jones now takes us to Montana. Set on a Blackfeet Indian reservation, the life of one Indian boy, Doby Saxon, is laid bare through the eyes of those who witness it: his near-death experience, his suicide attempts, his brief glimpse of victory, and the unnecessary death of one of his best friends.

But through Doby there emerges a connection to the past, to an Indian Agent who served the United States Government over a century before. This revelation leads to another and another until it becomes clear that the decisions of this single Indian Agent have impacted the lives of generations of Blackfeet Indians. And the life of Doby Saxon, a boy standing in the middle of the road at night, his hands balled into fists, the reservation wheeling all around him like the whole of Blackfeet history hurtling towards him.

Jones’s beautifully complex novel is a story of life, death, love, and the ties that bind us not only to what has been, but what will be: the power of one moment, the weight of one decision, the inevitability of one outcome, and the price of one life.

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"Stephen Graham Jones's Ledfeather unfolds like an automobile accident in slow motion. The novel's moments of drama expand continuously and seamlessly to include the historical past and to prefigure the present. He writes with a compelling sense of omnipresent danger and the fragility of human survival, and the reality he creates is riveting."
--Barry Lopez
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573661461
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of five novels, including the award-winning FC2 novels The Fast Red Road and The Bird is Gone, and one award-winning short story collection, Bleed Into Me. He teaches fiction at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Haunting, touching, and steeped in lore.

    Stephen Graham Jones has a voice that transcends time and play. This journey back and forth between two different Blackfoot Indian histories is both an archive and a comment on today. This story sucks you in from the beginning, sprinkled with letters that may or may not ever have been mailed, and ends with a revelation and bit of magic takes this novel to a whole other level. The mythology and lore in here is captivating, shocking, and touching in its scope. I always enjoy Stephen's work, and this is one of his best.

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