Synopses & Reviews
These autobiographical essays
by a member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe interweave personal experiences with striking portraits of relatives, both living and dead, to form a rich tapestry of history, storytelling, and remembrance. Hale's is a story of intense and resonant beauty. Breathtaking in its range and authority, Bloodlines
is an important addition to the literature of women of color.
"In this set of eight brooding but brave essays, she confronts the painful facts not only of her life but of the tragically difficult lives of several generations of her female relatives. . . . As Hale delves into her past, she perceives the deep roots of her struggle for survival and achievement, and recognizes the unseverable bond that connects her to her culture." Booklist
"Mesmerizing." New York Times Book Review "Hale has endured loneliness, racism, physical violence, and poverty to emerge as an outstanding novelist who has fulfilled her childhood drive to write with intensity, clarity, and honesty. Bloodlines is a gripping, haunting story of the personal consequences of being an Indian woman who is trying to define her identity in a white society." Journal of Women's History
About the Author
Janet Campbell Hale is the author of The Owl's Song, The Jailing of Cecilia Capture, and Women on the Run.
Table of Contents
Circling raven -- Autobiography in fiction -- My half brother's mother -- Daughter of winter -- Transitions -- The only good Indian -- Return to Bear Paw -- Dust to dust.