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My Father's Blood
     

My Father's Blood

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by Amy Krout-Horn
 

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"Darkness: the place where light
best reveals itself."
In the potent and poignant language of fine literature, this stunningly honest autobiographical novel grants candid views of chronic illness, blindness, and Native American racial identity, against the backdrop of a world often
determined to demean, degrade, and disenfranchise.
Though Amy

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"Darkness: the place where light
best reveals itself."
In the potent and poignant language of fine literature, this stunningly honest autobiographical novel grants candid views of chronic illness, blindness, and Native American racial identity, against the backdrop of a world often
determined to demean, degrade, and disenfranchise.
Though Amy Krout-Horn's inheritance brings illness, it also brings strong medicine, medicine remembered on a cellular level, derived from the profound wisdom of her Lakota ancestors. But can the ancient council fire's "spark"
that ignited within a young girl's heart continue to guide the woman, even as the monster drags her into the "darkest darkness"?
Like the reverberations of a native drum, Amy Krout-Horn's visceral voice resounds, imparting the message that, sometimes, our bloodlines become our lifelines.

Editorial Reviews

Evan T. Pritchard
Without the advantage of sight, and perhaps benefitting from a focus that seeing writers fail to achieve, AmyKrout-Horn is able to set to paper the brief twenty-two years of her visual memory (and the years to follow) with unforgettable clarity and passion. Like fellow mixed-blood genius Langston Hughes, Amy Krout-Horn plumbs the depths of the sorrows of her preferred ethnicity and weaves from those tragic threads a tapestry, or Lakota star blanket, of shimmering beauty and hard-won hope. As Hug
Jolene Loetscher
"My Father’s Blood brings the light of understanding to the darkness that can surround diabetes. Krout-Horn’s story, told with rich, compelling language and relatablility, shows the fear, the faith and the fortitude which come from living with diabetes. She details, in her journey from childhood to adulthood, the disease’s impact on family, friends as well as the journey diabetics travel. Mixing her experiences with the profound impact and influence of her culture,
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MariJo Moore
"To read My Father’s Blood is to journey to a land of rare poetic verse, raw images, and beautiful recollections. Krout Horn gives us her story, her heart, her pain, her triumph in a world few have had the opportunity to visit until now. The edginess of her candidness blends brilliantly with the sincerity of her love for family. As you take this rendering journey through the deep clots of blood relations, stay strong and pay attention. You might see yourself reflected in the blistering,
Susan Stephan
"Highly honored Native American writer, Amy Krout-Horn is an extraordinary soul-speaker, one so gifted in descriptive brilliance that those so fortunate to read her autobiography, "My Father's Blood," will never be the same.
As Krout-Horn pulls us into her very personal and deeply moving stories, we become one with her. We feel the crush of our own broken heart as she weeps in deepest agonies. We feel the brilliant beams of sunlight pressing our souls as she reaches out and finds the courage
Jen Knox
"My Father's Blood is an immersive autobiographical novel. The intimate narration herein interweaves one woman's struggle for identity and search for wholeness in the face of illness and loss. Amy Krout-Horn paints for her readers a world that is precise and vivid, and the portrait she paints expresses the remarkable beauty that can be extracted from painful experiences, if only we endure. "
–Jen Knox, author of Musical Chairs and To Begin Again

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013614314
Publisher:
All Things That Matter Press
Publication date:
07/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
188
File size:
250 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Krout-Horn worked as the first blind teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota's American Indian Studies Program.
A staunch advocate for social and environmental justice, she writes and lectures on native history and culture, diabetes and disability, and humanity's connection and commitment to the natural world.
She is currently at work on her third novel.

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My Father's Blood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is a blind Native American who brings a spiritual medicine to all of her readers. She is a triumph unto herself!