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Susan Power ¾ 8 review

Mmingle and Sioux culture and modern life collide with disarming power humor and joy The first seven pieces in the book are stories fictional accounts primarily of girls and women In the title story a young girl believes in the power of the roofwalker spirit to make her dreams come true In Beaded Souls a woman is cursed by the sin of her great grandfather an Indian policema. Beautiful sad and moving stories from a talented author

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N who arrested Sitting Bull First Fruits follows a native girl’s first year at Harvard The nonfiction pieces include Power’s imaginary account of the meeting of her Phi Beta Kappa father and Sioux mother a piece about the letters of an Irish ancestor and another in which Power and her mother visit the Field Museum in Chicago where a native ancestor’s dress is on displ. This book of short stories and memories is a treasure the kind of magic portal into unfamiliar places people and ways of thinking that makes story telling an art The language and images are powerful and beautiful one right on the heels of the next They pop into mu moind on the bbs and haunt my dreams Yet the language does not call attention to itself in a way the distracts from the stories I love the way the worlds of the living and the dead touch and blur and the easy juxtaposition of the every day and the mystical I particularly enjoy the deeper sense the book gives of growing up Sioux on the Dakota Reservations and in Chicago And several of the characters feel like real people I d love to share a meal and a walk with For me this book was a perfect match one that goes on my favorites list and hopefully on my shelff to keep someday

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Roofwalker made up of a uniue combination of fiction and nonfiction or stories and histories reveals the ways that native traditions and beliefs work in the lives of characters who live far from the reservation and in the author’s own life Many of the histories repeat subjects and themes found in the stories making Roofwalker a book that in which spirits and the living co. Susan Power is a special writer Roofwalker collects seven of her short stories and five of her histories all circling Chicago The short stories explore how Native Americans have adapted to Anglo European America both in the past and the present It s hard for me to pick favorites here You have stories about the mythic roofwalker that eats dreams stories of love and betrayal and death a story about a man who finds a talking saint statue in a thrift store another about a college student that finds unexpected friendships They re all really lovely sweet and sad but not bittersweet in any way there s no bitterness here it seems to me The histories shed light on where Power as a writer comes from In Museum Indian she explores how it feels to have your family s history taken and put on display without permission It made me think deeply about my own museum experiences Mostly she explores how her mother gave her a voice to tell stories and how her father circled their lives and gave her a different kind of ancestry Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys short stories magical realism and Native American history Also check out The Grass Dancer and Sacred Wilderness her two novels


10 thoughts on “Roofwalker

  1. says:

    Susan Power is a special writer Roofwalker collects seven of her short stories and five of her histories all circ

  2. says:

    Wow finally finished this one after it was on hold for almost a year I am definitely a fan of Susan Power particularly her fiction although I love how her histories and her inventions are so closely bound together in this volume That seems like the most honest move a writer can make You can't really ever separate your life experiences from y

  3. says:

    I came across this book while searching for the authors award winning book The Grass Dancer which I still have to read After sampling her writing I would read ANYTHING this author writes Roofwalker is a collection of short stories centering on Native American culture mainly about women and children The stories at the end are non fic

  4. says:

    Wonderful I mean every single story and essay My only uestion is why didn't I read this sooner?

  5. says:

    Beautiful sad and moving stories from a talented author

  6. says:

    I read Susan Power’s novel The Grass Dancer which was published in 1994 and won the PENHemingway prize for first novel but I hadn’t followed her hadn’t thought about her in years She seemed to me to have disappeared from the literary scene after that well received debut I didn’t know about a second novel

  7. says:

    For a short book of short stories this volume packs a punch There are some gorgeously imagined narratives in thi

  8. says:

    This book of short stories and memories is a treasure the kind of magic portal into unfamiliar places people and ways of thinking that makes story telling an art The language and images are powerful and beautiful one right on the heels of the next They pop into mu moind on the bbs and haunt my dreams Yet the language doe

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories Power—who is herself a Standing Rock Sioux—writes about contemporary Native Americans who have left reservations for cities especially Chicago and universities in the early to mid 20th ce

  10. says:

    After each story in Roofwalker I kept having to flip back and look at the copyright date This book has been out SIX years a

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