The Grass Dancer by Susan Power audiobook

The Grass Dancer

By Susan Power
Read by Susan Power

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9.11 Hours Unabridged
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Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young sacred clown, loved and lost to death the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. As their spirits seek desperately to be reunited, they influence the sometimes violent fate of those who have followed them. Now in the 1980s, Red Dress's teenage descendant Charlene Thunder has fallen hopelessly in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage. When Harley's soul mate is killed in an accident, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, a notorious witch, of making it happen - just as she may well have caused the death of Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him. The Grass Dancer is a debut novel for Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1995 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young sacred clown, loved and lost to death the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. As their spirits seek desperately to be reunited, they influence the sometimes violent fate of those who have followed them. Now in the 1980s, Red Dress's teenage descendant Charlene Thunder has fallen hopelessly in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage. When Harley's soul mate is killed in an accident, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, a notorious witch, of making it happen - just as she may well have caused the death of Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him. The Grass Dancer is a debut novel for Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Covering some of the same themes as Louise Erdrich but displaying her own distinctive voice and transcendent imagination, Power has produced an authentic portrait of Native American culture and characters who are as resilient and tangible as the grass moving over the Great Plains…This is a book that begs to be read at one sitting, and then again.” Publishers Weekly
“Each chapter can stand alone as a short story, but recurring characters provide unity, and the book takes on added depth and resonance as the stories unfold…Comparisons between Power and Louise Erdrich are probably inevitable, but Power has her own unique vision and voice.” Booklist
“Despite the fact that many of these stories deal in the supernatural and that they intersect almost constantly, there is never a feeling that Power is forcing her hand…The non-chronological…graces the book with numerous small and large surprises and moments of recognition. Startling and complex, but always in the most natural way.” Kirkus Reviews
“The strength of the novel lies in the meshing of the various stories of the descendants of Red Dress and Ghost Horse so that they all come together in one piece. The result is a passionate portrayal of universal human emotions and a vivid account of Native American history and culture.” School Library Journal

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Author Bio: Susan Power

Author Bio: Susan Power

Susan Power is a Standing Rock Sioux author from Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. After a short career in law, she decided to become a writer, starting her career by earning an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her 1995 novel, The Grass Dancer received the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Voice Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, Story, and the Best American Short Stories 1993. She teaches at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English