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Roofwalker Roofwalker made up of a uniue combination of fiction and nonfiction or stories and histories reveals the ways that native traditions and beliefs work in the lives of characters who live far from the reservation—and in the author’s own life Many of the histories repeat subjects and themes found in the stories making Roofwalker a book that in which spirits and the living commingle and Sioux culture and modern life collide with disarming power humor and joy The first seven pieces in the book are stories fictional accounts primarily of girls and women In the title story a young girl believes in the power of the roofwalker spirit to make her dreams come true In Beaded Souls a woman is cursed by the sin of her great grandfather an Indian policeman who arrested Sitting Bull First Fruits follows a native girl’s first year at Harvard The nonfiction pieces include Power’s imaginary account of the meeting of her Phi Beta Kappa father and Sioux mother a piece about the letters of an Irish ancestor and another in which Power and her mother visit the Field Museum in Chicago where a native ancestor’s dress is on display After each story in Roofwalker I kept having to flip back and look at the copyright date This book has been out SIX years and I'm only now finding it? This should have hit my radar right away These are short stories about Indians by a Dakota author and many have urban Indian characters living in Chicago The prose is just gorgeous without weighing down the story and they're so beautifully crafted I know I'll end up reading this again I have the feeling I won't be as crazy about her novel Grass Dancer but it's going in the ueue for sure Susan Power is a special writer Roofwalker collects seven of her short stories and five of her histories all circling Chicago The short stories explore how Native Americans have adapted to Anglo European America both in the past and the present It's hard for me to pick favorites here You have stories about the mythic roofwalker that eats dreams stories of love and betrayal and death a story about a man who finds a talking saint statue in a thrift store another about a college student that finds unexpected friendships They're all really lovely sweet and sad but not bittersweet in any way there's no bitterness here it seems to me The histories shed light on where Power as a writer comes from In Museum Indian she explores how it feels to have your family's history taken and put on display without permission It made me think deeply about my own museum experiences Mostly she explores how her mother gave her a voice to tell stories and how her father circled their lives and gave her a different kind of ancestry Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys short stories magical realism and Native American history Also check out The Grass Dancer and Sacred Wilderness her two novels Wow finally finished this one after it was on hold for almost a year I am definitely a fan of Susan Power particularly her fiction although I love how her histories and her inventions are so closely bound together in this volume That seems like the most honest move a writer can make You can't really ever separate your life experiences from your imagined onesFavorite story has to be Angry Fish So much love for that story that it seems a disservice to the writing to explain why I like it you must read it and let Susan Power explain it to you I came across this book while searching for the authors award winning book The Grass Dancer which I still have to read After sampling her writing I would read ANYTHING this author writes Roofwalker is a collection of short stories centering on Native American culture mainly about women and children The stories at the end are non fiction I believe some memories some story telling in how the author came to grow up in Chicago Exceptional writing and story telling

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