84th out of 180 books — 111 voters
Runner in the Sun (Land of the Free)
First published in 1954 and long out of print, this novel of pre-Hispanic Indian life in the Southwest combines the authenticity of an anthropological report with the suspense of a mystery novel. The author, best known as an anthropologist during his lifetime, is now recognised as a major Native American novelist. Runner in the Sun is sure to become a classic of Native Ame...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by University of New Mexico Press
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2.5 stars. An engaging story told in language reminiscent of oral tradition. Salt is a young man, just come of age, who becomes embroiled in a treacherous plot among his people. Eventually he must leave his village on a quest to save his people from drought and from themselves. The setting in the American southwest is brought to life through this story, but the story itself lacks subtlety.