Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

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by James Welch
     
 

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A contemporary classic from a major writer of the Native American renaissance, now adapted for film by Alex and Andrew Smith, starring Chaske Spencer and produced by Sherman Alexie

During his life, James Welch came to be regarded as a master of American prose, and his first novel, Winter in the Blood, is one of his most enduring works. The narrator

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A contemporary classic from a major writer of the Native American renaissance, now adapted for film by Alex and Andrew Smith, starring Chaske Spencer and produced by Sherman Alexie

During his life, James Welch came to be regarded as a master of American prose, and his first novel, Winter in the Blood, is one of his most enduring works. The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana's vast emptiness. Winter in the Blood is an evocative and unforgettable work of literature that will continue to move and inspire anyone who encounters it.

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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
For some readers this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they have yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel.
Reynolds Price
A nearly flawless novel about human life . . . Few books in any year speak so unanswerably, make their own local terms so thoroughly ours.
The New York Times Book Review
The New Republic
For some readers this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they have yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel.
Roger Sale
An unnervingly beautiful book.
The New York Review of Books
Charles R. Larson
For some readers, this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they've yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel. -- The New Republic
NY Times Book Review
A nearly flawless novel about human life...
From the Publisher
"A nearly flawless novel about human life . . . Few books in any year speak so unanswerably, make their own local terms so thoroughly ours."
-Reynolds Price, The New York Times Book Review

"For some readers this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they have yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel."
-The New Republic

"An unnervingly beautiful book."
-Roger Sale, The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140086447
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1986
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A nearly flawless novel about human life . . . Few books in any year speak so unanswerably, make their own local terms so thoroughly ours."
-Reynolds Price, The New York Times Book Review

"For some readers this will be the most significant piece of Indian writing they have yet encountered; for others it will simply be a brilliant novel."
-The New Republic

"An unnervingly beautiful book."
-Roger Sale, The New York Review of Books

Meet the Author

James Welch is the author of the novels Winter in the Blood, Fools Crow, for which he received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an American Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, The Indian Lawyer, The Death of Jim Lonely, and most recently, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations in Montana, and he graduated from the University of Montana, where he studied writing with the late Richard Hugo. Until recently, he served on the Montana State Board of Pardons. He lives in Missoula with his wife, Lois.

Bestselling author Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and is of German and Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent. Her novels include Love Medicine and The Beet Queen.

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Winter in the Blood 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JadeNell More than 1 year ago
There are slow paced books and there are fast paced books. Winter in the Blood definitely was a slow paced book. I was supposed to read this for my summer homework and I immediately lost interest. The theme wasn't exactly impossible to find, it is there and the clues begin with the first few pages and they become apparent with the revelation of his tragedies. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wants to read for fun. Although there were moments that I had my laughs, it was boring and I didn't gain interest until the last 20 or 10 pages.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i lost interest real fast in the book, it didn't keep my attention and it was hard to keep track! i think like someone said before it was hard to find a theme!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Welch envelopes the reader into the life of the modern Native American. I learned so much from this book! However, it is a bit intense, for younger readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too had to read this for a class. I read it three or four times searching for a theme. none found.