NATIONAL AWARD WINNER
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez meets Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng in a captivating family drama with the intensity of An Untamed State by Roxane Gay.
“A beautifully written … story. The work of a master craftsman.” Grady Harp, Vine Voice
“Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest
When Aidan Little Boy visits his sister on a peyote church property in South Dakota, he encounters a religious cult run by an apparently superhuman leader. Suddenly his nondescript life becomes tangled in a world that has grown disturbing and strange.
In a series of remarkable events, the ancient beings of Native American folktales are manipulated by people with strong connections to the parallel world of spirits and ghosts. Soon Aidan uncovers evidence that his sister and the rapidly growing congregation are in danger. He must understand these unknown powerful forces before the Reparation, a ceremony that will slaughter thousands of innocents.
This complex and surreal novel merges folktales, history, and the contemporary with magical realism in a hypnotically addictive original tale.
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Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 2016 Ebook Award
Shortlisted for Three National Awards
Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.
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About the Author
Laine then developed a new fiction voice that resulted in On a Rush of Silent Wings, a literary black comedy dealing with income inequality and the illusions we choose to believe. Currently she is developing an epic historical novel set in Europe during the scientific revolution before the Enlightenment.
Her novels include The Family Made of Dust: A Novel of Loss and Rebirth in the Australian Outback, which won two national awards. Beloved, a sensual noir thriller, follows an FBI agent who must access the dark power of the goddess Kali to bring down two serial killers. In Reparation, a Lakota Sioux man must save a sister and his lover from a sinister peyote cult.
Laine's goal for her fiction is to spur readers into dialog about our society and the parallels found in history. When individuals recognize how large issues build on multiple small elements, many of which were taken up by individuals just like them, they recognize that everyone can foment change.
As a publishing consultant with twenty years of experience, she has written Writing While Female or Black or Gay: Diverse Voices in Publishing. Also look for Seven Sisters: Spiritual Messages from Aboriginal Australia.
More information can be found on LaineCunningham.com and WritersResource.us.
A long-time writer and graphic designer, Leya decided to combine her passions and begin creating book covers.
You can learn more at: www.angeleya.com/book-cover-design/
Table of Contents
Part I: Itokaga, South--Where Life Begins
Part II: Wiohpeya, West--Thunder Beings
Part III: Waziya, North--The Ghost Way
Part IV: Wiohiyanpa, East--The Morning Water Woman
Part V: Maka, Below--Mother Earth
Part VI: Wanka, Above--Creator
Part VII: Wakan Tanka. The Great Spirit
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Reparation, the story follows Aiden Little Boy and Gidgee Manitou, two people drawn into a spiritual battle as much as a physical one. Gidgee Manitou is the cult leader of the Four Quarters church, whose plans to cleanse the land of past atrocities tap into the dark side. Aiden Little Boy becomes his Hunka brother – a bond that gives Aiden time to dig into the workings of the ranch and the insight to see what Gidgee Manitou is planning, though the revelation comes slowly. At risk is all of the women in Aiden’s life – his mother, comatose and cancer-ridden for years, his sister, who’s open heart leaves her vulnerable to Manitou’s manipulation, and Rayna, the beautiful reservation herbalist who catches his eye. I love the Native American setting, and the struggles it portrays. Ms. Cunningham doesn’t shy away from the atrocities of America’s past. The spirit elements are compelling, and bring a supernatural/fantasy element that I so enjoy. I also wanted to mention the Heyoka – a kind of spiritual figure/clown that does everything backwards. He was an odd character in the story, but his fate made me laugh. The writing and imagery are beautiful, and I would definitely recommend the book to adults looking for a smooth, thrilling read.