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Cheyenne Madonna

(2010)
A collection of stories by

 
 
One stormy night in 1826, just north of Galveston Bay, Old Bull, a Cheyenne Indian who had just seen the ocean for the first time, found himself trying to outrace a hurricane. Lifted from his horse, spun around, and thrown down in the bayou, Old Bull rode the current into a small canyon, and survived. He was the only one of his party to return from the expedition, arriving home nearly naked, nearly hallucinating, riding a horse.

Such is the auspicious beginning to the life of Jordan Coolwater, a distant relation to Old Bull, whom we meet as a boy in the 1970s, shooting turtles on a summer day, and being raised by his grandparents on Creek Indian land in the house of his great-great-grandfather, a survivor of the Trail of Tears. Bearing the burden of his ancestry, Jordan Coolwater - from bored young boy, to thoughtful teenager, struggling artist, escaped convict, and finally, father - is the subject of Eddie Chuculate's prize-winning collection of linked short stories. The first story in the collection, Galveston Bay, 1826, won an O'Henry Prize in 2007, and the second, Yo Yo, received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.

Reminiscent of Denis Johnson's Jesus's Son, Chuculate's gritty, deceptively simple stories also recall Junot Dias and Sherman Alexie. This is not only a portrait of a young Native American artist struggling with the two constants in his life, alcohol and art, but also a portrait of America, of its dispossessed, its outlaws, and its visionaries.

    

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June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cheyenne Madonna
Author(s): Eddie Chuculate
ISBN: 1-57423-216-9 / 978-1-57423-216-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Sparrow Press
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July 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Cheyenne Madonna
Author(s): Eddie Chuculate
Publisher: Black Sparrow Books
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