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Girl with Skirt of Stars

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Lilli Chischillys world is one in which she is continually seeking the spiritual balance at the heart of her culture; she stands with one foot firmly planted in the world of the Dine, her Navajo People, and the other in the white world of the Bilagana, where her legal skills and deep understanding of both cultures have put her in the political spotlight. But to Lilli every...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Pronghorn Press
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Mar 10, 2010 Terri rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Lilli Chischilly is a Navajo lawyer who has found a pair of mutilated coyote carcasses carefully laid out on the hood of her vehicle. This is clearly a message, but the meaning of the message is a mystery. In the meantime, Jerome, Lilli's childhood soul mate, has returned to the Navajo Nation and alludes to a dark and burdensome secret that he wants Lilli to discover. Lilli has this on her mind when her boss asks her to escort presidential candidate Lee, his family and handlers on a river raft t...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: With low tongue and open mouth, the man began soft as a jazzman to pull off the seduction.

Lilli Chischilly became a lawyer in order to protect her people-- the Navajo-- even to testifying before Congress about Colorado River water usage. Happily married, she is disconcerted when her childhood friend, Jerome Bah, moves back to the reservation and makes contact with her, but she's thrown even further off balance when the president of the Navajo Nation insists she joins Senator Lee and...more
Kitchell, Jennifer (2009). Girl With Skirt of Stars. Pronghorn Press. ISBN 978-1-9326-56-7[return][return]Follow Lilli Chischilly, a female Navajo lawyer as she reunites with childhood friend and photographer, Jerome Bah. Together they discover a possible murder of a Navaho grandfather. Lilli gets trapped into accompanying a descendent of John Lee, a leading presidential candidate, and his family on a river trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. Jerome gets drawn into making the river...more
Five stars I don't give often to fiction - but this one merits "Amazing." What it is is a story of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, river running, The Navaho people, and 21st Century American politics. Those four subjects come together in an entertaining, sometimes gripping, always informative, poetic, action adventure mystery with some unusual developments. The book is not so much about individual characters as it is the interaction between people and the land they inhabit. The conc...more
Knew nothing about this book when I picked it up but I love mysteries set in the Southwest or on the Navajo reservation. I thought the author blended a good mystery/thriller with just enough Navajo lore to sweeten the story. But not too much to turn off someone who knew nothing about that culture. I find it fascinating. Still miss Tony Hillerman's books.
Little Fish
A murdered grandfather, symbolically marked is found in the strange lande of the hoodoos, and someone is determined that a man named Lee will never be the President, as he is a Mormon. Lilli has to find out who did this, as she has a foot in both worlds, as she is Navajo and Bilagana (White).
Follow Lilli as she discovers the truth........
I liked so much about this book a lot. Good characters, interesting and exciting plot, and a strong sense of place. The cultural and spiritual differences between the two cultures is woven beautifully into the plot. But there were too many loose ends for me. I would have liked it a lot better with one more chapter.
A great book by an American Indian Woman author reads a bit like Tony Hillerman only more spiritual.
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