Roofwalker by Susan Power

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From the acclaimed novelist--winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for her first book of fiction The Grass Dancer--comes a short story collection that plumbs the depths of Native American displacement and dreams. In the title story of Susan Power’s new book, a Sioux spirit stalks the night sky looking for the best dreams, which become true when he consumes them. In "Wild Turnips," a Sioux woman in a nursing home wants good moccasins for an imagined return to the prairie: "I would get younger and younger as I traveled through our territory." Set at Harvard, "First Fruits" describes a young woman’s encounter with ways of learning that are not about believing and seeing. Power’s characters move with poetic grace through an uncertain world with the strength of an ancient culture guiding them.

About Susan Power

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Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, High Plains Literary Review, and Story. A chapter from The Grass Dancer, her first novel, was selected for The Best American Short Stories 1993.
Published August 26, 2002 by Milkweed Editions. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Many of the stories have dual settings involving Sioux protagonists who have emigrated from North Dakota to Chicago, starting with the title story, which tells of a young girl's longings for her father after he abandons her mother and the girl's two siblings.

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