"The Basket Maker" is ForeWord Magazine's 2005 Editors' Choice' Book of the Year Award Winner
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What People are Saying About This
In a fresh, clear voice Kate Niles weaves a novel from five perspectives:
three generations of women, the ghost of a chieftain, and the meditations of the mountains. 'How do we survive, evolve, take care, let go?' these voices ask. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes starkly realistic, always psychologically insightful, THE BASKET MAKER would have us all construct for ourselves a belief system that affirms our uniqueness. In this hopeful novel, community nurtures children when family fails, and the reader is treated to an original vision of the American West. Congratulations to Kate Nile.
author of FOUR SPIRITS and AHAB'S WIFE
THE BASKER MAKER is an engaging first novel-complex, evocative, heartfelt, keen, amusing, sad-and its speakers manage to be both tough and tender, wise and wide-eyed, all at the same time. Kate Niles has a new clean fictional voice and she deserves a wide audience.
author of PLAINSONG
In painting this portrait of a culturally ugly reality with exceptional deftness and empathy, Kate Niles shows us TruthŠa glimpse into that part of us which transcends harmŠmoments of realizing how glorious life is. I was profoundly moved to compassion for the wounds, real and perceived, each of us seeks to overcome.
Straight to the Heart: Radio Conversations, KUNM 89.9 FM, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kate Niles lures her readers into a world that's as mystical as it is shockingly real. From deep inside, we witness the mysterious ways in which a whole extended community-including Nature itself and those long departed-conspire to liberate her young protagonist from intolerable cruelty. It's a privilege to read such an evocative, beautifully-crafted novel.
author of THE SECRET KEEPERS
This work is muscular, a rare combination of sinuosity and strength. It is diversely written, as anything should be in nature, blowing many directions at once, rich with oddities, certainty and bewilderment, and irrefutably beautiful. For Niles' writing is a landscape in itself. She is witness to the sweet and significant details that only a person painfully acquainted with the earth and the convolutions of human relationships might notice. This book is the opposite of paralysis. It is alive and moving.
author of SOUL OF NOWHERE and THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF WATER