Don'T Think Twice

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2000 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Deep in the north woods of Minnesota, Paul Two Persons is struggling to keep his resort lodge afloat. He has lent money to his childhood friend, Al, and needs it back fast before the bank forecloses on his business.
When Al turns up missing -- and then dead of an apparent suicide -- Paul is propelled into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads to some ugly discoveries. There is corruption within his own Tribal Council, developers' plans for the land that Paul has fought so hard to keep, and the "accidental death" of his eight-year-old son that now seems something more sinister.
Haunted by these demons, growing increasingly distant from his grieving wife, and facing the very real threat of losing his livelihood, Paul feels he has become what the Chippewa call a tchibai -- a walking shadow. Attempts are made on his life, the lodge is nearly burned to the ground, and people on the reservation behave oddly in his presence.
The escalating circumstances of one summer -- and Paul's determination to survive them -- reveal the indomitable spirit that is his Chippewa heritage. Set in the breathtaking landscape of northwestern Minnesota, Don't Think Twice is a haunting and memorable story about a man's struggle when pushed to the edge.
 

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Paul Two Persons lost his son last November, and now his marriage is crumbling. His business--a resort lodge near the Chippewa reservation where Paul grew up--is floundering thanks to a series of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
14
Section 4
24
Section 5
29
Section 6
34
Section 7
44
Section 8
51
Section 19
131
Section 20
136
Section 21
147
Section 22
163
Section 23
168
Section 24
171
Section 25
177
Section 26
179

Section 9
57
Section 10
61
Section 11
69
Section 12
75
Section 13
82
Section 14
95
Section 15
100
Section 16
103
Section 17
110
Section 18
123
Section 27
188
Section 28
202
Section 29
214
Section 30
223
Section 31
227
Section 32
234
Section 33
241
Section 34
248
Section 35
269
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Wayne Johnson grew up in the northern lakes region of Minnesota and on the White Earth and Red Lake reservations. He was a Teaching-Writing Fellow of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is a recipient of the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. His short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Story, among others, and has been featured in collections including Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Norton Anthology of Literature. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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