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The Grass Dancer

The Grass Dancer

Written by Susan Power

Narrated by Susan Power


The Grass Dancer

Written by Susan Power

Narrated by Susan Power

ratings:
3/5 (118 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Sep 11, 2009
ISBN:
9781423393825
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young sacred clown, loved and lost to death the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. As their spirits seek desperately to be reunited, they influence the sometimes violent fate of those who have followed them. Now in the 1980s, Red Dress's teenage descendant Charlene Thunder has fallen hopelessly in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage.

When Harley's soul mate is killed in an accident, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, a notorious witch, of making it happen - just as she may well have caused the death of Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him.

The Grass Dancer is a debut novel for Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
Released:
Sep 11, 2009
ISBN:
9781423393825
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Her first novel, Grass Dancer, received the PEN/Hemingway award for best new fiction. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.



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  • (5/5)
    So good!! I did not put this one down except to eat dinner. Full review to come.4.5 stars
  • (5/5)
    I read this book ages ago, re-read it a couple of years later. I haven't picked it up in a while, and I'm almost afraid to. It's a story of a Native American family through several generations. There are a lot of fantasy and imagined elements that I worry I might not find as captivating as I did when I was younger, and had just visited the Badlands of South Dakota.
    There is one scene that has made a permanent imprint on my imagination. A group of young friends drive through the black hills during a rainstorm, after performing a grass dance. Power so perfectly described the scene I can hear the voices, taste the rain, and smell the damp old car even years after I read the passage.

    I recommend this if you like Louise Erdrich's books, or have a liking of fantasy elements in literature.
  • (5/5)
    At first, The Grass Dancer seems like just another ill-fated love story, but as the author traces the history of the passage of power from mother to daughter and back through the matrilineal line, the story is transformed into a declaration of a people's recovery of their heritage, learning through pain to find their own inner strengths.
  • (2/5)
    confusing. goes back in time further and further until it comes back. By that time, I already forget the names of the main characters
  • (4/5)
    Great book, mixing elements of magic and real life in uncommon ways.
  • (4/5)
    Challenging but worthwhile exploration of some of the historical, mystical, and generation influences on the Lakota of the northern plains. I've enclosed (in the copy I released via bookcrossing) printouts of a couple of brief reviews that I wish I'd read before I read the book as said reviews would've helped me understand what I was getting into better.