Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water

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By (author) Thomas King

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  • Publisher: Bantam USA
  • Format: Paperback | 469 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 193mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553373684
  • ISBN 13: 9780553373684
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 69,193

Product description

When Medicine River was published in 1990, the New York Times said of Thomas King, "He knows his territory. His first novel is economical, precise, and elegant." Now King returns with his totally fresh voice - carefully controlled, yet without artifice - to present a complex web of character, myth, folklore, and contemporary and universal experience. Green Grass, Running Water is the story of five Blackfoot Indians in the town of Blossom and its nearby reserve, whose very different lives nevertheless continually cross. Alberta, a university professor who wants a child but not a marriage, is involved with two men who seem to represent opposite possibilities: Charlie, a flashy lawyer, and Lionel, a self-effacing TV salesman. Latisha, Lionel's sister, runs the Dead Dog Cafe, a local hangout and tourist trap. And then there's Eli, who moved to the city and its white man's establishment, never intending to look back to Blossom or the reservation's ancient way of life. All the while, four old Indians, escapees from a mental institution, drift mysteriously and hilariously in and out of time, from the beginnings of the universe to its undecided future. Wildly combining Native American and Western spiritual traditions in the stories they tell, they attempt to recreate and reorder the world. And the trickster Coyote follows along, wreaking havoc as he prowls through the novel. This is a rich tale, weaving subtle, magical humor, revisionist history, muted nostalgia, and sacred humanity into one bright, whole cloth.

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Author information

Thomas King is of Cherokee, Greek, and German descent and is currently chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His short stories have been widely published throughout the United States and Canada, and a film, based on his much acclaimed first novel "Medicine River," has been made for television.

Review quote

"King has established himself as a first-rate comic novelist. At his best, he is as savagely and darkly funny as Twain...King has produced a novel that defies all our expectations about what Native American fiction should be. It is a first-class work of art."--"Newsweek" "King confirms his place as the best American Indian novelist to emerge since Louise Erdrich...King's playfulness makes the story jump off the page."--"San Jose Mercury News" "At once plainspoken and poetic, King is equally at home with his vivid, often comic characters and with the vibrant natural world in which their dramas are played out."-"People "