Messenger Bird

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Harcourt Brace, 1993 - Literary Collections - 208 pages
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Bird. A searing portrait of the grim realities of the reservation, Messenger Bird is peopled by characters so full of life that even the dailiness of tragedy cannot quite defeat them: Barnabas Lester, the Dartmouth-educated Apache chief who, working within the system for his people's benefit, is accused of being the white man's pawn; Max Rubenstein, a brilliant gay surgeon with a welcome flair for comedy; Silas Lester, a teenage rebel whose love of his people and passion.

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Set in the early 1970s on the Mescalero Apache reservation in southern New Mexico, this straightforward, first-person narrative depicts two years in the life of a public health services physician. Two ... Read full review

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I thoroughly enjoyed McCall's effortless storytelling skills in this haunting book about love, politics, and the human body. Gripping from the first moment to the last sentence, my only regret is that ... Read full review


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McCall is the author of seven novels, including Jack the Bear and Triphammer, and of critical studies of Richard Wright and Herman Melville. The inspiration for his latest book came several years ago when he wrote the preface to a Cornell University Press reissue of James's 1879 study, titled Hawthorne.nbsp;

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