Walking the Rez Road: Stories

Walking the Rez Road: Stories

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by Jim Northrup
     
 

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Celebrating two decades in publication, this twentieth-anniversary edition of a timeless classic comprises forty stories and poems that feature Luke Warmwater, a Vietnam veteran who survived the war but has trouble surviving the peace.

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Celebrating two decades in publication, this twentieth-anniversary edition of a timeless classic comprises forty stories and poems that feature Luke Warmwater, a Vietnam veteran who survived the war but has trouble surviving the peace.

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Publishers Weekly
Luke Warmwater has returned to the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation after serving a tour in the Vietnam War. He tries to make sense of his troubling experiences and move on with his life, while surrounded by the troubles of the reservation. This 20th anniversary edition puts Northrup's award winning collection of short stories and poems back in print, with the addition of a selection of his newspaper columns, poems in the Ojibwe language, and his play Shinnob Jep. In a style austere, direct, and unapologetic, Northrup reveals his own personal trials and the struggles of his community in fictional sketches and poetic anecdotes. Entrenched poverty and alcohol abuse are treated with unadorned and unflinching directness, just the same as the descriptions of the treasured tradition of the wild rice harvest, or conflicts with the tribal leadership. While often humorous, the wryness is born out of a permeating sense of sadness, futility, and grieving that seems to extend back through generations. As relevant as it was 20 years ago, this collection continues to provide an unromanticized, insider's view of a culture struggling to maintain, and even recover, its identity, heritage, and language in a rapidly changing and often openly hostile world. (July)
From the Publisher
"This 20th-anniversary edition includes the original 40 stories as well as new material: poems, a play and some of Northrup's newspaper work. The stories stand the test of time, as blackly humorous, plainspoken and earthy as they were in 1993. … Northrup knows this life, this area, to the bone." —Star Tribune

"As relevant as it was 20 years ago, this collection continues to provide an unromanticized, insider's view of a culture struggling to maintain, and even recover, its identity, heritage, and language in a rapidly changing and often openly hostile world." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555919771
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Edition description:
20th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
552,436
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.69(d)

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Jim Northrup is an award-winning journalist, poet, and playwright. He is a combat Vietnam veteran serving with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in-country from September of 1965 until September of 1966. His syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention, and he holds an honorary doctorate of letters from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. His previous books include Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer, which received Honorable Mention from the 2013 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, and Walking the Rez Road: Stories, winner of the Midwest Book Achievement Award, Minnesota Book Award, and Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. He lives in Sawyer, MN.

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