Nahoonkara: A Novel

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Etruscan Press, 2011 - Fiction - 161 pages
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ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Winner

Finalist forForeword’s 2011 Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction

"[Nahoonkara]...incorporates elements of historical fiction with experimental fiction, but nothing that pulls the reader out of the fictional dream."
--Robin Martin,Gently Read Literature

"Departing from traditional narrative form, Grandbois moves masterfully between first, second, and third persons to invite readers into a textual visualization of how individual choices affect the well-being of the community." --Review of Contemporary Fiction

"Peter Grandbois is a splendid writer I intend to follow very closely.”
--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winning author ofA Good Scent From a Strange Mountain

"Vividly drawn, exquisitely crafted,Nahoonkara bespeaks not just the promise of its author, but also his undeniable power.”--Laird Hunt, author ofRay of the Star

"Peter Grandbois has created an original world...and peopled it with a family portrayed vividly and with intense emotion and compassion.”--Sheila Kohler, O.Henry award winning author ofCracks and Becoming Jane Eyre

In the tradition of nature writers Rick Bass and Annie Dillard, award winning writer Peter Grandbois’ new novelNahoonkara opens up an oneiric space of wonder, a place outside preconceived notions of reality and identity, a place where we are free to re-imagine ourselves.


 

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If I tried to summarize nahoonkara, I’d probably come up with something like this: a story told in the voices of several members of the Gerrull family, moving back and forth between mid-nineteenth ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Section One
2
The Tavern
3
Seven Falls
8
Why We Forget
11
The Process of Sedimentation
14
Angels
21
The Schoolmarm
24
The City of My Soul
87
What Lovers Share
92
The Scent of Despair
96
Finding the Lowly
101
Spinning
105
The Power of Names
108
Dandelion Wine
112
Resurrection
117

The Song of His Presence
29
Mad Meg
34
The Flight of the Hawk
37
The Tree of Life
41
Toad
45
The Camp
49
The Language of Self
52
The Mesmerist
56
The Clarity of Mystery
64
The Geography of the Body
70
The Colors of the River
73
Section Two
79
Spiders and Shadows
80
How to Open a Napkin
82
Section Three
123
The Long Snow
124
The Larval Dreams of Children
130
The Speech of Trees
134
The Warm Breath
135
Voices
139
Hands
144
The Stages of Coal
147
Stories
148
A Thawing and a Melting
151
About the Author
155
Acknowledgments
156
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Peter Grandbois is the author of The Gravedigger (Chronicle Books, 2006), a Barnes and Noble ?Discover Great New Writers” and Borders ?Original Voices” selection as well as the hybrid memoir, The Arsenic Lobster (Spuyten Duyvil 2009). His essays and short fiction have appeared in magazines such as: Boulevard, Narrative, Post Road, Gargoyle, Zone 3, Eleven Eleven, The Denver Quarterly, Word Riot, Pindeldyboz, and The Writer's Chronicle, among others, and have been short listed for the Pushcart Prize. He serves as associate editor for Narrative magazine and is a professor of creative writing and contemporary literature at California State University in Sacramento.

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