Grand Avenue

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Penguin, 1995 - 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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GRAND AVENUE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A touching, often poignant, debut collection of fiction by a Native American writer. Sarris (English/UCLA; Keeping Slug Woman Alive, not reviewed) offers 10 linked short stories describing the milieu ... Read full review

Grand Avenue

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Set in a small city in northern California, these ten stories focus on Santa Rosa's poorest neighborhood, Grand Avenue. The most noticeable population on Grand Avenue is a clan of Native Americans ... Read full review

Contents

The Magic Pony K a Ay
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The Progress of This DiseasP
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Slaughterhouse rCnVLj
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