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The Death of Bernadette Lefthand

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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
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published 1993)
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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
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
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♫ -- "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't"
Closer to real crime genre than mystery -- loads of vivid detail about the murder, no puzzle and (view spoiler)
Aaron VanAlstine
Spooky and surreal murder story. The story leaves the identity of the killer unresolved...or does it?
Sarah Sammis
I'm sure I liked it but I don't really remember it. Must re-read it some day.
Exploitative, condescending, gratuitous elements
Huma Rashid
A really fun, interesting read.
good, spare, desolate writing.
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