Then there are the characters who come from a Blackfoot reserve in Alberta, Canada. They are all looking for something in their lives (love, work, education, etc.), and they all seem to have gotten lost along the way. Luckily for them (maybe), the Lone Ranger and his (her?) crew are on their way to Canada, and they intend to fix things up a bit. But when Coyote gets involved, who knows what can happen?
Interspersed throughout the narrative are tellings of Changing Woman or First Woman, Coyote, and characters from Judeo-Christian traditions, which are at times hilarious and at others poignant. The stories are varied but relate the same general events with the same general theme. Contrasting with these stories are images from Hollywood western films and western novels, along with all their awful stereotypes of native peoples.
It's difficult to convey the mood of this novel - it is extremely funny in places, made me angry in others, and at times brought tears to my eyes. It is a patchwork quilt of a book, with a piece here, a scene there, and a bit of a story here, and together they form an unforgettable tale that left me feeling that, for a while at least. all was right with the world.
Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (Bantam, 1994)
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