Night Sky, Morning Star

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University of Arizona Press, 2000 - Fiction - 228 pages
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At the Indian artisans show in Santa Clara Pueblo, Cecelia Bluespruce sits with her wares in the middle of a row of booths--a good place to catch buyers. She is a successful Native American artist, a sculptor and potter of renown. But Cecelia is in the middle of something deeper than an art show, for she has become trapped by dreams and shadows of her past.

Night Sky, Morning Star is a story of remembrance and reconciliation in one Native American family separated by time and chance. Cecelia's grown son, Jude, now wants to learn about the father he has never known. Political activist Julian Morning Star, imprisoned twenty years for a crime he did not commit, is unaware that his son even exists. Troubled by dreams, lies, and denial of the past, Cecelia is guided toward wholeness by family and friends who have their own pasts to confront.

This compelling novel plunges readers into the hubbub of the Indian arts market and into the grim reality of prison life. Evelina Zuni Lucero introduces us to experiences we may find unfamiliar: diverse Native American traditions, life on a BIA Indian agency compound, the making of an Indian activist. But she also reintroduces us to two things we all live for: the power of story and the power of love.

Night Sky, Morning Star is the fiction winner of the 1999 First Book Awards competition of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.

 

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Winner of the 1999 First Book Awards competition of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, this work tells the story of high school sweethearts who have lost contact for many years. Cecelia and ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Dreamcatcher
13
Communications
33
Sounds of Silence
49
marli 19741976
71
Home of the Braves
87
105
122
Patty Hearst Did
144
In Recovery
158
The Whole Truth
164
Practically My Whole Life
180
The Real Thing
197
CECELIA AUGUST 1996
211
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About the author (2000)

Evelina Zuni Lucero is an Isleta/San Juan Pueblo Indian whose short fiction has appeared in Blue Mesa Review, Northeast Indian Quarterly, Returning the Gift, and other periodicals and anthologies.

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