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Awards

Winner of the American Book Award

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Why was Red Shoes, the most formidable Choctaw warrior of the eighteenth century, assassinated by his own people? Why does his death haunt Auda Billy, an Oklahoma Choctaw woman, accused in 1991 of murdering Choctaw Chief Redford McAlester? Moving between the known details of Red Shoes? life and the riddle of McAlester?s death, this novel traces the history of the Billy women whose destiny it is to solve both murders — with the help of a powerful spirit known as the Shell Shaker.

Review:

"Howe writes audibly. Power transmits through the voice behind her vivid, tangible descriptions and her beautiful, drop-dead-funny dialogues....Howe takes on history in a way that imparts its meaning and power to us, the readers." Carolyn Steeves, Resound

Synopsis:

The action in this novel alternates between 1738, as a Mississippi Choctow family prepares for war against the English, and the 1990s, as their Oklahoma descendants, the Billys, fight a Mafia takeover of the tribe's casino. In trouble with the law and in the fight of their lives, the Billy women must find a way, as their ancestors did, to join forces. Humor and toughness are the Billys' only weapons. Until the Shell Shaker shows up.

Synopsis:

As the Billys fight to save their Choctaw community, a 250-year-old history plays itself out again.

Synopsis:

"A dangerous enemy has arrived on our shores with weapons of fire . . . He's a very different kind of Wasano, bloodsucker, he always hungers for more".—from Shell Shaker

The action in this debut novel alternates between 1738, as a Choctaw family prepares for war against the English, and the 1990s, as their Oklahoma descendants, the Billys, fight a Mafia takeover of the tribe's casino. In trouble with the law and in the fight of their lives, the Billy women must find a way, as their ancestors did, to join forces against a devious foe. Humor, toughness, and resourcefulness are the Billys' only weapons.

Until the Shell Shaker shows up.

LeAnne Howe, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a fiction writer, playwright, scholar and poet whose writings on Choctaw women are drawn from both personal experience and scholarly research. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including Through the Eye of the Deer, Returning the Gift, Spider Woman's Granddaughters, and Earth Song, Sky Spirit, as well as in journals such as Callaloo and Fiction International.

Howe has read her fiction and lectured throughout the United States, Japan and the Middle East, and her plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York City. She has also presented programs on recruitment and retention of American Indians at universities and colleges. Currently, she teaches in the English Department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 1991, Howe received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to conduct research for Shell Shaker.

About the Author

Before writing fiction, plays, and scholarly essays, LeAnne Howe worked in Oklahoma as a waitress, and in a factory making the stems for plastic champagne glasses. Most recently she has taught at Carleton College, Grinnell College, Sinte Gleska University on Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and at Wake Forest University. Ms. Howe is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is a grandmother.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781879960619
Author:
Howe, Leanne
Publisher:
Aunt Lute Books
Author:
Howe, Leanne
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Casinos
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Indian women
Subject:
Oklahoma
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Choctaw Indians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
TR-00-18
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 12 oz

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Product details 216 pages Aunt Lute Books - English 9781879960619 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Howe writes audibly. Power transmits through the voice behind her vivid, tangible descriptions and her beautiful, drop-dead-funny dialogues....Howe takes on history in a way that imparts its meaning and power to us, the readers."
"Synopsis" by , The action in this novel alternates between 1738, as a Mississippi Choctow family prepares for war against the English, and the 1990s, as their Oklahoma descendants, the Billys, fight a Mafia takeover of the tribe's casino. In trouble with the law and in the fight of their lives, the Billy women must find a way, as their ancestors did, to join forces. Humor and toughness are the Billys' only weapons. Until the Shell Shaker shows up.
"Synopsis" by ,
As the Billys fight to save their Choctaw community, a 250-year-old history plays itself out again.
"Synopsis" by ,

"A dangerous enemy has arrived on our shores with weapons of fire . . . He's a very different kind of Wasano, bloodsucker, he always hungers for more".—from Shell Shaker

The action in this debut novel alternates between 1738, as a Choctaw family prepares for war against the English, and the 1990s, as their Oklahoma descendants, the Billys, fight a Mafia takeover of the tribe's casino. In trouble with the law and in the fight of their lives, the Billy women must find a way, as their ancestors did, to join forces against a devious foe. Humor, toughness, and resourcefulness are the Billys' only weapons.

Until the Shell Shaker shows up.

LeAnne Howe, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a fiction writer, playwright, scholar and poet whose writings on Choctaw women are drawn from both personal experience and scholarly research. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, including Through the Eye of the Deer, Returning the Gift, Spider Woman's Granddaughters, and Earth Song, Sky Spirit, as well as in journals such as Callaloo and Fiction International.

Howe has read her fiction and lectured throughout the United States, Japan and the Middle East, and her plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York City. She has also presented programs on recruitment and retention of American Indians at universities and colleges. Currently, she teaches in the English Department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 1991, Howe received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to conduct research for Shell Shaker.

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