Winterkill -- an engrossing, lyrical, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking story of a Native American father and son in the contemporary west
Winterkill by Craig Lesley (1996, Picador; 336 pages)
Winterkill (and its excellent sequel, River Song) is a deeply moving, profoundly lyrical, at times darkly humorous and evocative novel of fathers and sons. Danny Kachiah is a Native American in contemporary Eastern Oregon, fighting not to become a casualty. His father, Red Shirt, is dead; his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging. But when Loxie dies in a car wreck, leaving him with his son, Jack, whom he hardly knows, Danny uses the magnificent stories of Red Shirt to guide him toward true fatherhood. Together, Danny and Jack begin to make a life from the dreams of yesterday and the ruins of today's northwestern reservations.
Winterkill was a winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, and it -- and its sequel, River Song -- are two of the best books I've read about the Native American experience in contemporary American society. I can't recommend them highly enough.
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