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Overview

The national bestseller A Yellow Raft In Blue Water is a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship.

A fierce saga of three generations of Indian women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets, yet bound together by kinship and tradition. 2 cassettes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781559941594
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/20/1990
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.55 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Michael Dorris is the author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Broken Cord, Working Men, Morning Girl, and Guests, and co-author with Louise Erdrich of The Crown of Columbus.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Three generations of women from the same family looking for love and acceptance. Each has their own unique way of dealing with life.

    It starts with the youngest persons life story and then works it's way back in generations.
    Rayona is a third generation Native American girl who never quite seems to fit in anywhere. Her father is a black man, her mother Indian. Her parents separate while Rayona is very young. Rayona is raised by her mother who likes to party and likes her men. We see life through the eyes of a teenager. Rayona is looking for love and acceptance but always seems to come up short. She does find one couple who takes her in and helps her find her way back home.
    Christine is Rayonas mother. She is a tough, good looking Indian woman that is up to any challenge a boy can throw at her. She seems to need to prove she can beat the boys. She also uses her looks to hook up with any man she pleases, even married ones. She does not feel guilty about what she does. Life on the reservation is difficult and Christine dreams of leaving. Christine is very fond of her brother Lee and their relationship is a close one. Christine moves off the reservation to Washington state. Christine lives the life of her choosing. Lee enlists in the army. Christine gets word that he is MIA. She meets an army man in a bar in Tacoma. The man comforts her and gives her hope that things will be alright for Lee. The army man is due to be discharged in two weeks, his name is Elgin. Christine and Elgin become intimate. One day at a park in Washington they create Rayona. Elgin says no baby of his will be born without the two of them being married. They marry but within a couple months after Rayona's birth Christine moves out. Out of sight does not always mean out of mind. Neither of them ever seems to get completely over the other one. An interesting story unfolds. Christine eventually leaves Washington and goes home to the reservation. There she leaves Rayona with Aunt Ida and walks away.
    Aunt Ida is an interesting character. She is mother to Christine and Lee but never lets them call her mother since she isn't married. Ida insists on being called Aunt Ida. We find out about Ida's life. We view her past and get the stories behind Christine and Lee and how they came to be in her life. She is a solitary figure that isn't overly warm. She speaks only Indian and keeps her conversations short.

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    When I started this Book

    I wasn't entirely sure if it would be one that I would be able to finish, then again it was on my summer reading list, so I would have to put up with it if it got dull. But it didn't. It did the exact opposite. It got more interesting. Christine annoyed me from Rayona's point of view. And Aunt Ida annoyed me from both Rayona and Christine's point of view. But I think somewhere during her section (Aunt Ida's), I started to like her better. She had so much more to tell than either of her descendants, although they weren't as direct as we thought them to be.

    I'm so glad that I read this book. It taught me a lot about life. About longing for acceptance and understanding, a desire to fit in, a desire to find and experience true love. Although each theme seemed a tragedy in the book, ultimately, everything turned out fine. The relationships confused me slightly, though. But all in all, this is defiantly a book to read. If it's dull to you at first, just keep on reading it, it'll get better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Layers of meaning

    The novel and its overlying plot are readily accessible to readers. The underlying connections and lessons of life are easily overlooked by the younger reader, but the more mature readers will find great depth of meaning and life lessons. Perhaps the most important issue is that the characters and situations are more true to life than many readers would like to admit. Secrets lead to misunderstandings that alter the lives of the three main characters. A great read. My college students enjoy the reading and its interesting layers of meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    A Yellow Rafft In Blue Water

    A Yellow Raft in Blue Water is an engaging book, which leaves you wanting more you won¿t want to put the book down! This book is about three generations, ¿Aunt¿ Ida, the grandmother and mother who you can never figure out, who doesn¿t want to be known by not having a husband and especially doesn¿t want her daughter to carry that reputation, Christine the Native American mother in search of a better more exciting life off the reservation, and Rayona, the half black and Indian daughter, who spends the book in search of what she thinks, is ¿love¿ from herself and others. As this book goes back in time mysteries about why things are they way they are, are revealed. The story is very well written and both settings in Seattle and Montana are described in a detailed enough way, that you can picture each scene, without being there. By the end of your story you will be satisfied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    A wonderful tale told in three stories

    At first I cannot say I found this book good or interesting at all for that matter, but once I got into the characters I couldn¿t put it down. Yellow raft in blue water is about three characters told in three separate stories first Rayona a 15 year old girl dealing with the normal problems of being a teenager as well as her mom ¿Christine, leaving her with the mysterious ant Ida and being a mixed ethnicity in a all Indian reservation. Than Christine: the connector of the stories. About all the problems she had, most of them having something to do with her brother lee or Aunt Ida. Than finely ending with Aunt Ida I won¿t say any thing about this except that it was the most interesting and even more surprising part for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    It's a love - hate thing for me

    Yellow raft in blue water is the story of there women who change because of each other. Rayona the half-black half-indian teen that isn¿t comfortable in her own skin. Christine is Rayona¿s mother a woman who lives a life that she can¿t afford and her health can¿t bear and Ida, Christine¿ mother is a hard cold woman hiding a huge secret. Michael Doris has shown you the characters incredibly well. They are imagintitive and complex, they seem like really people, and you can sort of get in their head. The problem is that it takes a long time to ¿get inside¿ their head. Michael Doris always clearly tells you what they are thinking, but until the middle or close to the end of each part (the story is in three parts each one through the eyes of a different one of the characters) their thoughts just aren¿t that interesting to read about. The other thing is that what they think makes the characters just plain unlikable through out the whole book. Rayona can be bland and submissive, Christine can¿t control her emotions and has a `don¿t-care¿ attitude that really bothered me, Ida is so harsh and negative that even when you hear her side of the story you still don¿t like her that much. I¿m not really the type of person who enjoys books where there isn¿t at least one person who you really like and can feel sorry or happy for. For some people though this is the perfect book. So if you like deep, thought-out, intense characters even they if aren¿t really likeable and a long plot it¿s the right kind of book for you. Because the book is in three parts it hard to know who the main character is. Is it Ida who influences every thing that happens to Christine and Rayona, but not that much happens to her herself? Or Christine, who gets both Ida and Rayona affecting her, but also had her own story to tell? Or Finally Rayona the youngest character who hasn¿t really had that much happen to her yet, but when it had its¿ been dramatic? Each person who reads this book had a different character that they thought was the main or that they liked the most, but you can¿t really decide until you have finished the whole thing. I found that at first I thought Rayona was the main girl and the most likeable, really just because her story is part number one in the book. Then I decided that she was too submissive, quiet, and even a little bit boring so I switched to Christine. Then I felt sorry for Ida, but when I had read them all and was done with that I would have to say that I think Christine is that ¿protagonist¿. She has both Rayona and Ida pushing her in different ways and influencing her, but she still had her own separate story to tell. Also she really shows the clearest changes from beginning to end, making her in my mind the most likeable. It is undoubtedly a good book, but it¿s not really a page turner, stay up late to finish type read. So it¿s not the book for me, but I¿m sure that for some people this is exactly the book for them so don¿t let my opinions stop you from reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2006

    It's an o.k book.

    Everyone may have their own opinions about the book, but I have found the book to be very boring and confusing. For me to enjoy a book it would have to really capture me in the beginning and this book failed to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    My Favorite Book of All Time!

    I read this book in high school and my entire class loved it. As an English major I have read many books, but still this book remains to be my favorite. I've picked it up recently to read it again and found that it was even more captivating the second time around. I did not think that the book was disgusting. I felt that those portions of the book were necessary and were put there to simply portray some of the ugliness that can occur in society today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    I Loved This Book!!

    Yellow Raft in Blue Water is one of favortie books. I thought that it was cool how Dorris wrote about Rayona, Christine, and Aunt Ida. I did not think that it was disgusting or dirty. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    Required reading... stupid, dirty book

    I really got tired of all the sex and cussing. I understand that that's art, but I never would have read this book had it not been required for my honors English class at school. I couldn't stand it... it was disgusting. I hated it. Books should seriously come with ratings on the back... I'm sick of buying books and finding out that I might as well just go see an 'R' rated movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    a favorite revisited

    I first read this book in high school and recently picked it up again. I was riveted by it then, and am riveted again, 10 years later. Rayona is very likable and easy to connect with. It is such a truthful book in that our problems are not only ours, but will be carried down through the generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    don't give up

    Have you ever had someone in your life that hurt you and you couldn't forgive? Trying reading this book and find out what Rayona did when her mother chose her beer and partying over her daughter. If you have ever went through a part in your life that you felt like no one cared and you didn't know what to do Rayona will let you know.This book has helped me to not give up hope of my daughter and her dad ever bonding because they will some day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    a good read

    Personally I enjoyed reading this book. The story takes place on an Indian reservation in Montana. There are three perspectives that are narrated by each main character how their lives are enter twined with each other and how they seem to not want to have anything to do with each other and return to the reservation to find their lives are together there. I recommend this book to all readers, rather for fun or for a book report.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    The book that caught many eyes

    Great book. Recommended for all young adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    Terrible...DON'T READ IT!

    Although a lot of these reviews say it's great...this is one of the worst books I have EVER read...and that's saying something. I read at least a book a week, so to say that this is one of the worst is bad. I had to read this for an English project and my partners could also barely get through it..It tells you the story from three different points of view, yet the story keeps getting worse and worse each time. It's about a family who has almost nothing right in their life...but it just keeps getting worse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    One of my favorite books!

    I picked up this book one summer while on vacation, and couldn't put it down. Michael Dorris skillfully weaves together the stories of Rayona, Christine, and Aunt Ida, three strong women whose differences often cause conflict. As the women's individual stories unfold, Dorris shows us that things aren't always as they seem to be. This is a very powerful book, and I recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2001

    Follow The Leader

    A summer reading english project led me to 'A yellow raft...'. All my relatives sortof circled around me chanting in unison 'I loved it' 'it was amazing' 'I loved it' etc. Alright, maybe they didn't, but I heard that so much they might as well had. I ended up following their lead and reading the book, looking forward to an amazing novel, and that's what I got. although some parts were confusing, or strange, the overall book was gripping, inspiring and exteremely entertaining! 'I loved it'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    Good Book

    I had to read this novel over the summer as a school assignment. I automatically assumed it was going to be boring because of this. Let me say that the blurb on the back of the book does not do it any justice. I definately proved myself wrong, and thoroughally enjoyed this novel. The story evolves as it moves up through three generations, begining with Rayona, then her mother, then her Aunt Ida. 'Ida' is the best part!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    A wonderful inspiring story

    Like so many books of this genre, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water makes you laugh, cry and grow to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of each character. I would recommend that anyone read this book, in fact, I'd recommend that you read it twice! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    An inspiring tale of three indpendent women, moving, and excellently written

    the best book I have ever read!! if you haven't read it... my advise is to go to the bookstore and get your own copy before they run out!!

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