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The Jailing of Cecelia Capture

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Cecelia Capture Welles, an Indian law student and mother of two, is jailed on her thirtieth birthday for drunk driving. Held on an old welfare fraud charge, she reflects back on her life on the reservation in Idaho, her days as an unwed mother in San Francisco, her marriage to a white liberal, and her decision to return to college. This mixed inheritance of ambition and de ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by University of New Mexico Press (first published March 1985)
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Jul 13, 2010 Monica rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing meta-fiction done by indigenous author Janet Campbell Hale. The novel focuses on Cecelia Capture and her struggle to assimilate into dominate, white culture throughout her childhood and into her adult life.

Arrested on her 30th birthday for drunk driving in San Francisco, while in her jail cell, she looks back on her childhood and teenage memories in a drunken' haze, quickly sobering up to realize she is being held longer for welfare fraud.

Hale beautifully examines the intersections
Nov 03, 2008 Jessicat rated it liked it
I read this novel years ago and liked it. I liked it the second time as well, but I realizd I'd missed so much of the point of this novel the first time around. This is a depressing story and I hate to admit that I have anything in common with the narrator, but I understood her desperation. This is a chick novel; an ADULT Woman novel.
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Jul 07, 2014 Tex Tourais rated it it was ok
Takes on beauty and aging and assimilation but in a heavy-handed fashion. I also didn't find the quality in the prose that other readers have. The narrative voice just wasn't compelling, so I shut things down @ 100 (out of 200) pages in. In my mind, The Bluest Eye is same themes, better book.
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Oct 20, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
1980's novel about an Indian (native) womin in law school whose arrest for drunken driving in San Francisco inspires memories of her upbringing, family, and life. Abrupt ending, but a sorrowful, wonderful book.
Apr 02, 2008 April rated it it was amazing
This book takes a stark, personal look at the flaws in our welfare system. I really cared about the characters.
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Janet Campbell Hale (born January 11, 1946, Riverside, California) is a Native American writer. Her father was a full-blood Coeur d'Alene, and her mother was of Kootenay, Cree and Irish descent.

Her work often explores issues of Native American identity and discusses poverty, abuse, and the condition of women in society. She wrote Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter, which includes a discussio
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