David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of, a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Minneapolis.
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This Town Sleeps (2020)
Dennis E Staples
"This Town Sleeps is an utterly strange and compelling book. Magic and murder and a remote Indian reservation, written with deep feeling and dark humor. Staples is pushing the genre of Native American fiction into new areas. Read this book!"
Book of the Little Axe (2020)
"They say the past is a foreign country but forget to mention that it's also wild. Book of the Little Axe reminds us. Ranging from Trinidad to the mountainous West, Lauren Francis-Sharma has woven an emotional, immediate, ambitious story of love and belonging. Rather than retell a story of first contact between native people and newcomers to the new world, Francis-Sharma has produced a deeply moving novel about the ways in which all of us have always been connected."
Crooked Hallelujah (2020)
Kelli Jo Ford
"Crooked Hallelujah is an intricate, soulful look at three generations of Cherokee women pushed (in Philip Larkin's phrase) to the side of their own lives. At turns gripping and moving, Kelli Jo Ford's characters and the Oklahoma and Texas landscape take center stage in a truly modern drama. Ford sidesteps the easy tropes of spirituality and connection to nature and has created a modern masterpiece peopled with complex, fully-realized characters. A huge achievement."
You Would Have Told Me Not To (2020)
"Only Christopher Coake could have shown us so clearly the true range of the human heart, and infused these tales--centered on the relationships that both define and destroy us--with such yearning and dread. The stories collected here are contemporary and urgent and are classics of the form."
Winter Counts (2020)
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
"A stone-cold thriller with a soul and a politics--compelling and complex. A gripping crime story perfectly married to bigger questions about race and place and American violence."
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