Grand Avenue

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Hyperion, 1994 - Fiction - 229 pages
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Grand Avenue, a street in the center of the northern California town of Santa Rosa where "everybody's connected to everybody, " is home not only to Pomo Indians making a life outside of the reservation but also to Mexicans, blacks, and some Portuguese, all trying to find their way among the many obstacles in their turbulent world. Bound together by a lone ancestor, the lives of the Native Americans from the core of these stories - tales full of cures, poison, family healing rituals, and a kind of humor that allows the inhabitants of Grand Avenue to see their own foibles with a saving grace. A teenage girl falls in love with a crippled horse marked for slaughter . . . an aging healer summons his strength for one final song . . . a father seeks a bond with his illegitimate son . . . a mother searches for the power to care for her cancer-stricken daughter's spirit. Here is a tapestry of lives rendered with the color, wisdom, and quest for meaning of the traditional tale-telling in which they are rooted. Vibrant with the emotions and realities of a changing world, these stories are all equally stunning and from the heart.

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Review: Grand Avenue: A Novel in Stories

User Review  - Tiffany Sanasie - Goodreads

Very confusing. Too many characters. Chapters were random and hardly connected. Read full review

Review: Grand Avenue: A Novel in Stories

User Review  - Iain Coggins - Goodreads

Still haven't gotten to reading it after all these years. Written by an author from my hometown (Santa Rosa, California),and set there. Read full review

Contents

Family Tree vii
3
The Progress of This Disease
27
Slaughterhouse
51
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Part American Indian, Filipino, and Jewish, Greg Sarris was adopted at birth and raised in both Indian and white families. He is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and chief of the Coast Miwok tribe. He is the author of "Keeping Slug Woman Alive: Essays Toward a Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts" (California, 1993), editor of "Rattles and Clappers: An Anthology of California Indian Writing" (1994), and author of a volume of short stories, "Grand Avenue" (1994).

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