Elsie's Business - Native Storiers: A Series of American Narratives (Paperback)Frances Washburn (author)
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A picture emerges of a poor child, half black and half Native, whose mother has barely eked out a living for the two of them by tanning deerskins and cleaning houses. Rebuilding her life in a different town as a housekeeper, tanner, and beader of moccasins and bags, much like her mother, the taciturn Elsie finds modest comfort and connections among the white people who employ and befriend her. But her peace is fleeting, for someone from her past, or possibly her present, would like to see her silenced completely. A mystery of mesmerizing suspense and sadness, Elsie's Business weaves the story of a ravaged woman into the traditional tales of her people to create a vivid sense of communities bound by storytelling and understanding and sundered by ignorance and silence.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
"Washburn weaves together a murder tale, a story of small-town prejudice, and a bit of Native American mysticism in a haunting debut."-Booklist -- Deborah Donovan * Booklist *
"[A] blend of murder mystery and Native American legend . . . intriguing."-Kirkus Reviews * Kirkus Reviews *
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