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The Death of Bernadette Lefthand

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Winner of two regional book awards and overwhelming praise, this haunting first novel about the mysterious death of a young Indian dancer is a stunning portrayal of the spirit and struggles of the Southwest's native peoples.

Even today, amid the sere hills of Arizona and New Mexico, the Navajo believe witchcraft is at work. Some suspect it is the unseen force behind the bru
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Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published 1993)
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Bob Arnold
Jan 04, 2016 Bob Arnold rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-general
This story is mainly narrated by Bernadette’s sister Grace. It starts with Grace learning that Bernadette ‘got killed’. Grace along with some short narrations by Bernadette’s boss Starr tell us about Bernadette’s life. This book moves at a very slow pace and I can see some people abandoning it for that reason. It is worth reading to the end. While Grace’s narration stumbles along, the ending is very well written. From the beginning we know Bernadette ‘got killed’, but we don’t know how or why ti ...more
Diana
Jul 09, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
This novel is told by two of the characters. One is Gracie, the sister of Bernadette Lefthand...the main character. The other story teller is Starr, the employer of Bernadette. She is kind of minor character, so I found it strange that she was telling part of the story.
Bernadette is an Indian (Apache) who is a beautiful young lady and a good dancer. She becomes involved with Anderson George, a Navajo, who is handsome and loved to rodeo.
Emmett Take Horse is a friend of Bernadette and Anderson
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Melissa
May 23, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
It was interesting, but not my favorite. I found it interesting that the two main perspectives the book was written from were female, but the author was male. There was one part on there where one female character calls herself a b*tch, and although I have known many females that have called themselves that it didn't seem to be in the right context. I get hung up on small things, I know. **spoilers** I also hated the ending where justice isn't served and I didn't get any sense of satisfaction, b ...more
Marcia Andre
Nov 09, 2011 Marcia Andre rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book which offers some excellent views in New Mexican tribal culture and issues. An easy, quick read, that is perhaps bit "dark" for some. I read it with my book club, and many of our members are new to NM. As a result, we had an excellent discussion.
scherzo♫
Oct 17, 2015 scherzo♫ rated it it was ok
Shelves: mys-tepids
Closer to real crime genre than mystery -- loads of vivid detail about the murder, no puzzle and (view spoiler)
Aaron VanAlstine
Jan 15, 2014 Aaron VanAlstine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Spooky and surreal murder story. The story leaves the identity of the killer unresolved...or does it?
Sarah Sammis
Apr 19, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
I'm sure I liked it but I don't really remember it. Must re-read it some day.
Kristin
Exploitative, condescending, gratuitous elements
Huma Rashid
May 11, 2011 Huma Rashid rated it really liked it
A really fun, interesting read.
Mum
Mar 02, 2008 Mum rated it really liked it
good, spare, desolate writing.
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