Mean Spirit

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Ivy Books, 1990 - Fiction - 377 pages
28 Reviews
"Extraordinary...If you take up no other novel this year, or next, this one will suffice to hold, to disturb, to enlighten and to inspire you."
Early in this century, rivers of oil were found beneath Oklahoma land belonging to Indian people, and beautiful Grace Banket became the richest person in the Territory. But she was murdered by the greed of white men, and the Graycloud family, who cared for her daughter, began dying mysteriously. Letters sent to Washington, D.C. begging for help went unanswered, until at last a Native American government official, Stace Red Hawk, traveled west to investigate. What he found has been documented by history: rampant fraud, intimidation, and murder. But he also found something truly extraordinary--his deepest self and abiding love for his people, and their brave past.

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User Review  - Miriam - Goodreads

This is a good story, but it's so sad and frustrating. It's very sad that the federal government felt (feels?) like it should regulate matters so far from "Indian country" and left it in the hands of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

There's a lot going on in Linda Hogan's novel. I love history and Hogan does a great job depicting what it was like for the Osage Indians during the 1920's Oklahoma Oil boom. We see life through the ... Read full review

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Linda Hogan--a Chickasaw writer whose work draws heavily on Native American culture--was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1947. A poet, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, Hogan writes about topics related to the experiences of Native Americans as well as the relationship between humans and the environment. Her acclaimed first novel, Mean Spirit, focused on violence in the Osage Indian community during the Oklahoma oil boom of the 1920s. She has also published volumes of poetry and essays. Hogan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and has taught at University of Colorado, University of Denver, and the University of Minnesota.

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