Quiet Until the Thaw

Quiet Until the Thaw

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The debut novel from the bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come .

"Awe inspiring . . . An ardent, original, and beautifully wrought book." -- The New York Times Book Review

Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota.

Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, are pitted against each other as their tribe is torn apart by infighting. Rick chooses the path of peace and stays; You Choose, violent and unpredictable, strikes out on his own. When he returns, after three decades behind bars, he disrupts the fragile peace and threatens the lives of the entire reservation.

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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780735223349
Characteristics: 269 pages ;,22 cm


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Oct 25, 2017

What a weird book. I was hoping for a story of a modern Indian teaching his sons the old ways. What I got was a very disjointed array of short stories put together to form a longer story. Rick Overlooking Horse and the two boys had a very small part in the book. Even though I didn't care much for the book, it did have some deep thoughts and small kernels of wisdom sprinkled throughout. It also had a sarcastic humor to it and the chapter titles were amusing. Luckily, the short, choppy chapters made for quick reading so I could finish and move on to something better. Can't recommend this one.

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, questions abound about whether this is "appropriation" of the American Indian Story.

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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