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Ledfeather

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  21 reviews
After burning up the blacktop in New Mexico with The Fast Red Road and rewriting Indian history on the Great Plains with The Bird is Gone, Stephen Graham Jones now takes us to Montana. Set on a Blackfeet Indian reservation, the life of one Indian boy, Doby Saxon, is laid bare through the eyes of those who witness it: his near-death experience, his suicide attempts, his bri ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 10th 2008 by Fiction Collective 2
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Trevor
My experience with “Native American literature” is paltry. I can't even safely say that I am all that familiar with Native American culture in general. I've been to a reservation, I know all of the words to a Foxwoods commercial that used to be played relentlessly during Celtics games on TV, and I refuse to watch “The Last of the Mohicans” to spite a friend who is obsessed with Daniel Day Lewis. Obviously, my reference points are standard, stereotypical, and lacking in depth. To make matters wor ...more
Colin McKay Miller
Stephen Graham Jones’ writing has definitely improved over time, and while the initial style of Ledfeather is enticing, it soon dissolves into that jigsaw puzzle type of novel I can’t be bothered to piece together.

When it comes to works that are difficult to understand, there are usually strong reactions involved. Some readers flagellate themselves for not having the chops to grasp the prose, intending to return again later in attempt to absorb more the next ride through; others go after the au
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Richard Thomas
Stephen Graham Jones has a voice that transcends time and play. This journey back and forth between two different Blackfoot Indian histories is both an archive and a comment on today. This story sucks you in from the beginning, sprinkled with letters that may or may not ever have been mailed, and ends with a revelation and bit of magic takes this novel to a whole other level. The mythology and lore in here is captivating, shocking, and touching in its scope. I always enjoy Stephen's work, and th ...more
Matthew
I'm entirely floored by this book, which stands as one of the most upsetting, disorienting, moving, and beautiful texts I've read.
Ipsith
I have thought this for some time now, - verily, whenever I inhale, skim or touch one of his works - but it must be written somewhere, anywhere, so why not here: existing now, alongside Jones, and reading his copious literary releases just as they're released, is to run alongside a literary master as he elbows the profligacy of independent authors and literary experimentalists away, galloping toward some wide, critically lauded level where he so rightly belongs. If it never happens, it is to be ...more
Lori
This was probably one of the toughest reads I have had to date. The story is very creative, intricate and complex and a book I would have to read a couple of times to understand everything that is happening. The last couple of chapters do bring the story together but there are so many twists and turns it's difficult to stay up with who is who and what is what. Then of course, it's an American Indian novel and that is the point. I think. Then of course the author might say otherwise. Some of the ...more
Lisa
I literally just finished this book a few minutes ago, and I am still reeling from its echoes. I feel haunted. Breathless. Still. Full. Broken by the beauty of it.

It isn't the easiest read. It jumps around to different character points of view a lot, and you have to kind of just go with it even if you aren't sure who's talking. Just flow with it. Be in the sensory experience of it. Pay attention but don't try to think to hard. It really does all tie together in the end, and you understand why t
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Paul Eckert
Ledfeather is what good writing should be, the type of story that can only be done justice with the ambiguity and individual relevance of language.

How to describe this book?

Well, there's Doby Saxon, an Indian boy living in contemporary times on a reservation in Montana, who seems determined to destroy himself with drugs, gambling, and suicide attempts. We see his story from several different perspectives, and with each story his troubled life becomes more clear, and in some ways, more muddled.
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Ryan
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Sydney
This was such an amazing novel.
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Bonnie Despain
Hard for me to rate this book because I probably lacked the background depth to fully understand it. I got caught up in the feeling of the book-- the hopelessness of being helpless in dealing with the changes coming for all involved yet the residual pride of being Indian. I became very confused at many points, not knowing who was the subject of the narrative, what was hallucination and what was not. Even had some trouble following the connections between characters. Yet all that added to the imp ...more
Tanya
I just read LedFeather by Stephen Graham Jones. It's the fictional account of a (fictional, I believe) terrible (without malice, and yet terrible) incident between a newly appointed Indian Agent and the Blackfeet in Browning in 1884.The book imagines the reach of our actions across time and space. The characters are deeply human, deeply flawed, and, I think, deeply loved by the author. The weight and reach of guilt, loneliness, love, grace and redemption are writ large under the big Montana sky.
Benjamin
It was very engaging, the storyline was stellar, if it was edited in a better way where it felt chucked together rather the story should have merged into one, it made me feel at the end haunted by peoples failures that lead into present day, that by one ignorant move it effects the future in far reaching manner that people go into cycles of self destruction until they learn from it
Yvonne
A strange, brutal, and surreal trek through history in the form of a fictional tale of a blackfoot indian teenage boy. This book made me feel cold. A quick read, an interesting story structure and a native american author who isn't Sherman Alexie.
Eric
The minute I finished reading this novel, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it again. Shimmering lyric intensity and a story that's just teasing enough that you mostly get it but want to get it some more. Dazzling!
Danilo
Loved the flow back and forth between times and styles, and this offered a new, genuine look on Browning, MT, one of the most difficult places, emotionally, historically, socially, I have ever been
Caleb Ross
Though I started confused, this novel became my favorite (so far) from Stephen Graham Jones. Jones has said of this book that it's his best ending ever. I might have to agree with that.
Debbie
I did not enjoy this book. I had to read it for school, so I went into it with a bad attitude.
Kath
Mar 11, 2013 Kath added it
Didn't finish it, didn't like it. Too confusing; I never knew who was telling the story.
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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of eight novels and two collections. Stephen's been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for M ...more
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