July 29, 2008
July 29, 2008
Two contemporary classics from a major writer of the Native American renaissance
During his life, James Welch came to be regarded as a master of American prose, and his first novel, Winter in the Blood, is one of his most enduring works. The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana's vast emptiness. Winter in the Blood is an evocative and unforgettable work of literature that will continue to move and inspire anyone who encounters it.
James Welch, son of a Blackfoot father and an A'ani mother, was an important Native-American writer. His novel WINTER IN THE BLOOD helped dispel the mythology surrounding the lives of American Indians. The novel's 32-year-old narrator lives a fairly simple life on a Montana farm with his mother--a bar fight and a one-night-stand are some of the more exciting plot elements of the book. But in his highly individual perspective on American life, he subtly undermines the lofty notions of a nation based on greed and domination. Still, WINTER IN THE BLOOD is no polemic. Its narrator is a troubled man, a heavy drinker haunted both by history and his family demons, and his slow movement toward redemption is humorous and tragic by turns, but always compelling.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Peoples + Cultures, Family + Friendship, Westerns, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary, General, People + Places / United States / General, Psychology, Human Qualities + Behavior
- Language: English
- Author: James Welch
- Online Item #: 13249087
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-60-1500
- ISBN: 9780143105220
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported