The Grass Dancer

The Grass Dancer

Book - 1994
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Inspired by the lore of her Sioux heritage, this "captivating"( New York Times Book Review ) critically-acclaimed novel from Susan Power weaves the stories of the old and the young, of broken families, romantic rivals, men and women in love and at war...

Set on a North Dakota reservation, The Grass Dancer reveals the harsh price of unfulfilled longings and the healing power of mystery and hope. Rich with drama and infused with the magic of the everyday, it takes readers on a journey through both past and present--in a tale as resonant and haunting as an ancestor's memory, and as promising as a child's dream. 

WINNER OF THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY FOUNDATION AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION 
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1994.
ISBN: 9780425159538
9780399139116
0399139117
Characteristics: 300 p. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 22, 2017

I, too, found this story amazing both in its style of story telling and in its profusion of characters. It is not your usual novel, driven in a single direction and perhaps explained with flashbacks. This book takes you on a journey into the past, one step at a time then flashes forward to a stirring conclusion. Which, now that I think of it, is not necessarily a finish, but a moment's pause in the story.

I loved it even as it challenged me to hold its disparate cast of characters straight in my mind. My advice to readers would be to just read on. All will become clear. And if it doesn't clear for you enough, it will be an enjoyable second read.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

The magic, mysticism and history of the Sioux people is woven into a story of spiritual healing and romance. A must read for Barbara Kingsolver fans.

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lorcha
Dec 06, 2012

This book is part historical, part magical realism with supernatural elements. It follows the lives a various members of the Sioux Nation starting in the 1980s and going back into the 18 hundreds. It was very interesting reading about things that we would consider paranormal but that were considered to be real in traditional Sioux culture. One of the characters is a Sioux witch, a rather evil one and there are also ghosts and a shaman. Long-dead ancestors still make appearances in modern life.
At times while reading this book I felt like there were too many characters and would have preferred to read more in depth about fewer ones. However as the story ends everything comes together. All the characters and stories are interrelated and come together in a perfect whole story leaving the reader very satisfied. I loved all the references to the Grass dancer who “wants to learn grass secrets by imitating it, moving his body with the wind."
I would highly recommend this book!

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