Quiet Until the Thaw

Quiet Until the Thaw

A Novel

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"From bestselling memoirist Alexandra Fuller, a debut novel. Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger towards the injustices, historical and current, inflicted upon the Lakota people by the federal government leads to tribal divisions and infighting, the cousins go in separate directions: Rick chooses the path of peace; You Choose, violence. Years pass, and as You Choose serves time in prison, Rick finds himself raising twin baby boys, orphaned at birth, in his meadow. As the twins mature from infants to young men, Rick immerses the boys within their ancestry, telling wonderful and terrible tales of how the whole world came to be, and affirming their place in the universe as the result of all who have come before and will come behind. But when You Choose returns to the reservation after three decades behind bars, his anger manifests, forever disrupting the lives of Rick and the boys. A complex tale that spans generations and geography, Quiet Until the Thaw conjures with the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and, most of all, to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected. As Fuller writes, "The belief that we can be done with our past is a myth. The past is nudging at us constantly.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780735223349
0735223343
Branch Call Number: Fiction Fuller
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 22 cm

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Aug 12, 2017

A novel about two men on the Lakota Sioux reservation with an unflinching look at the good the bad and the ugly of reservation life. Having lived on a reservation it seemed to me to be realistic. The author born in England and lived on a farm in the south of Africa has written wonderful memoirs of her life, question about whether this is "appropriation".

AnnabelleLee27 Jul 25, 2017

It should be pointed out upfront that this novel set on the Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation about Native Americans is written by a non-native woman. There is vigorous & passionate debate about the appropriateness of a white person creating characters from another culture and whether doing so is an arrogant act of cultural appropriation or if such fiction can be done with an empathy that connects and bridges humans from different cultures. How the reader feels about this issue will greatly impact how they view this book.
Apart from that issue, this short novel is a strange, touching, funny, and tragic tale told in sparse and provocative prose. It is written in a nontraditional manner using very short segments told from various perspectives and moving through time in a cyclical manner. The result is an intriguing and haunting story.

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