Making the Ghost Dance: A Novel

Making the Ghost Dance: A Novel

by David Kranes

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ISBN-13: 9781560851912
Publisher: Signature Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

 David Kranes is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Utah. His novels include Keno Runner and Margins; his short story, “Cordials,” won the 1996 Pushcart Prize, followed the next year by Low Tide in the Desert: Nevada Stories, which won the Western Heritage Award for Best Short Story. Two of his plays, Cantrell and Going In, were published in Best American Short Plays, 1987, and Horay won the CBS Playwrights Award. He served for fourteen years as artistic director of the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab.

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 Chapter One

When Peck was eleven and felt invisible, his father, the doctor, brought magic home. It was a surprise. Peck heard his father say to his mother: “Hopefully it will bring him out.” There was a silk handkerchief which, when Peck coiled his hand on it, whisked red to green … then green to red again. There was a wooden egg Peck could make appear and disappear from a red bag on a black stick. There was a deck of cards which, when Peck riffled, forced anyone who reached to pick the jack of hearts. There were two Chinese sticks with tasseled strings which Peck could make dance invisibly. Peck and his father spent the evening together reading instructions, practicing, rehearsing. Everything seemed magic that night. Everything seemed possible. Peck’s mother brought fresh-baked cookies and hot cider. And when one of his father’s patients called, his father said: “Tell them I’m not available. Tell them Dr. Wyman is on call.”

So the message Peck received that eleven-year-old day was that you could start out the day alone, dropping beech leaves into the brook at the Underwood Estate and feeling queer about yourself like a runt animal or freak. Then that night you could be with your family doing tricks and nothing else mattered, everyone you loved would be interested in you and there with you, treating you as if they were you. And words would come into your mouth. You could talk. You could stand at one end of your father’s room and fool your parents and they would love you. Anything was possible. Peck would never forget that lesson.

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Making the Ghost Dance: In clear, clean, beautiful prose David Kranes slowly captured me into following a life as it unfolded -- the life of a man, a son, a magician, a father, a friend: an everyman named Peck. At times I wondered if Kranes was playing with me, manipulating me, which only made what he wrote the more real. As I read the last pages I found tears come to my eyes. I knew I had gone as far as I could, as had the story.