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Sister Coyote

Sister Coyote

A collection of stories by

Set in small-town Montana of the Vietnam era and the present day, these short stories, linked by character and place, are populated by men and women in conflict - with their own desires, with each other, and with their alternately beautiful and harsh landscape. Hunting is a theme throughout - deer poaching by spotlight, coyote hunting by airplane, being hunted by a cougar, hunting for love. In the funny, poignant "Suzanne, Take Me Down," a man trapped in the "stale tail end" of his life seeks redemption in the form of a fallen-from-grace girl from a strict religious sect. In "Bears and Lions" a cougar is the living symbol of all the forces that threaten a family trying to hold onto their ranch in a changing West. "Varia's Revenge" features a sixty-year-old woman's unexpected triumph over the hunter who mistook her mare for a deer. And the title novella is a devastating tour de force that traces the intersecting paths of a female coyote, a coyote hunter, and a divorced mother who drifts, over increasing humiliations, into madness and attempted murder. Sister Coyote offers haunting, richly textured fiction from a writer who "is on many people's best western writing short list" (The Los Angeles Times Book Review). (61/4 X 91/4, 220 pages)

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Hardback Editions

July 2000 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Sister Coyote: Montana Stories
Author(s): Mary Clearman Blew
ISBN: 1-58574-071-3 / 978-1-58574-071-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lyons Press
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