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The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band by Frances Washburn
  

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The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band by Frances Washburn

Opening July 4, 1969, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band follows a country western band through a summer of gigs in this novel that is equal parts mystery and community chronicle --

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The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is filled with a cast of memorable characters. Washburn has a knack for the quiet, tight narrative line that packs a punch. --Lisa Tatonetti, co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature

A novel about lives stuck and getting unstuck, about the hurts and humor of daily life, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is a critical act of literary sovereignty. --Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940

The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band will make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Frances Washburn writes with insight, compassion and a rich irony. It is powerful stuff that lingers long after you turn the last page. --Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer

The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band will make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Frances Washburn writes with insight, compassion and a rich irony. It is powerful stuff that lingers long after you turn the last page. Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer

Character development is Washburn's strong suit. The people she writes about are so memorable that you can (if you can!) put down the book, return to it in a few days, and immediately continue your connection with its characters and the world in which they live. It is indeed a wonderful story. --Tom Holm, author of The Osage Rose

In a novel rich in detail and smart about the lay of the land on and around the rez, Washburn's novel is both compelling and educational. --American Indian Library Association

This is a book that makes sense of a people who turned down more than $1 billion offered in exchange for the Black Hills. Some things are not easily bought and sold, some things are not things at all, only mirrors in which we can choose to see who we are and who we might become. Washburn writes beyond every Indian stereotype to leave us with a story that is as old as those Hills. --Star Tribune The setting and clipped wry style of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band are a delight, but the novel's greatest strength is Sissy, a character full of self-knowledge and wisdom even as she struggles with the twin mysteries of Buffalo's death and her own self-discovery. The music she sings is a great soundtrack to an affecting tale. --The Historical Novels Review

A novel about lives stuck and getting unstuck, about the hurts and humor of daily life, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is a critical act of literary sovereignty. --Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940 A slim, evocative, entertaining tale of strange happenings on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. --Shelf Awareness

The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is filled with a cast of memorable characters. Washburn has a knack for the quiet, tight narrative line that packs a punch. --Lisa Tatonetti, co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band will make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Frances Washburn writes with insight, compassion and a rich irony. It is powerful stuff that lingers long after you turn the last page. --Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer Washburn's smart, hard-edged writing drops you into a world of rez rodeos and honky-tonks and, of course, a murder. Greasy spoon cafes become home to honest emotion and broken dreams with echoes of classic county and western songs. The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band gives witness to a splendid, fresh literary voice. --James Ruppert, editor of Nothing But the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band will make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Frances Washburn writes with insight, compassion and a rich irony. It is powerful stuff that lingers long after you turn the last page. Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer

Character development is Washburn s strong suit. The people she writes about are so memorable that you can (if you can!) put down the book, return to it in a few days, and immediately continue your connection with its characters and the world in which they live. It is indeed a wonderful story. Tom Holm, author of The Osage Rose In a novel rich in detail and smart about the lay of the land on and around the rez, Washburn s novel is both compelling and educational. American Indian Library Association This is a book that makes sense of a people who turned down more than $1 billion offered in exchange for the Black Hills. Some things are not easily bought and sold, some things are not things at all, only mirrors in which we can choose to see who we are and who we might become. Washburn writes beyond every Indian stereotype to leave us with a story that is as old as those Hills. Star Tribune

Washburn's smart, hard-edged writing drops you into a world of rez rodeos and honky-tonks and, of course, a murder. Greasy spoon cafes become home to honest emotion and broken dreams with echoes of classic county and western songs. The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band gives witness to a splendid, fresh literary voice. James Ruppert, editor of Nothing But the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature

The setting and clipped wry style ofThe Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Bandare a delight, but the novel's greatest strength is Sissy, a character full of self-knowledge and wisdom even as she struggles with the twin mysteries of Buffalo's death and her own self-discovery. The music she sings is a great soundtrack to an affecting tale. The Historical Novels Review A novel about lives stuck and getting unstuck, about the hurts and humor of daily life, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is a critical act of literary sovereignty. Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940

The setting and clipped wry style of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band are a delight, but the novel's greatest strength is Sissy, a character full of self-knowledge and wisdom even as she struggles with the twin mysteries of Buffalo's death and her own self-discovery. The music she sings is a great soundtrack to an affecting tale.

The Historical Novels Review

A novel about lives stuck and getting unstuck, about the hurts and humor of daily life, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is a critical act of literary sovereignty. Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940

The setting and clipped wry style of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band are a delight, but the novel's greatest strength is Sissy, a character full of self-knowledge and wisdom even as she struggles with the twin mysteries of Buffalo's death and her own self-discovery. The music she sings is a great soundtrack to an affecting tale. -- The Historical Novels Review

A novel about lives stuck and getting unstuck, about the hurts and humor of daily life, The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band is a critical act of literary sovereignty. --Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940


About the Author

Frances Washburn is the author of two previous novels, Elsie's Business and The Sacred White Turkey. She is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of American Indian studies at the University of Arizona.

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Publication date

27th February 2014

Author

Frances Washburn

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Publisher

University of Arizona Press

Format

Paperback

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780816530823

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