While I agree in some ways with Booklists' starred review " In sum, this is simply an unforgettable reading experience," I have deep reservations about the book, too. The idea that a native american would be kept from entering the afterlife for the sole purpose of being able to enter the mind of a follower of Roger Williams seems deeply anglo-centric. The author clearly can write beautifully, but she doesn't bother to answer the questions she creates about her world. We are left wondering the same thing as Hawk: "I see much. And I wonder why I am left here to see, with no power at all to help the good or hinder the ill." The author clearly states that she wrote the story because she bought a piece of land and began to wonder what happened on the land before she bought it. Her vision of Native Americans is highly romantic and evocative -- but does it do a disservice by perpetuating the myth of the noble savage? I would be glad to have my son read this book to hear how the colliding of worlds helped destroy Native American cultures, but then he's also be reading that a native american man's best possible service is to support and counsel a white man -- would that put my son back in the anglocentric box we were attempting to free him from? I am not sure I am comfortable recommending this book.
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