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Coyote Dream

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In this stunning debut, Sarah Friedman journeys to the Southwest to buy art for her family's New York gallery. Determined to put aside personal disappointments, she seeks new perspectives in the serenity of the desert landscape. Then her car breaks down on a Navajo reservation near the home of an aloof artist. And soon she will have to choose between love and duty, commitm ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by NAL Trade (first published 2004)
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Rosina Lippi
Jun 14, 2010 Rosina Lippi rated it it was amazing
I hesitated about reading this novel. In part because putting the words "romance" and "Native American" or "Indian" near each other in a plot summary raises the specter of horrific novels like Sweet Savage Love, which exist to (1) peddle poorly written soft core porn; and (2) exploit indigenous cultures in a kind of hallucinatory, self-congratulatory voyeurism.

Of course there are novels that fit into this general category but are skillfully done. Kingsolver's Animal Dreams is one example. Fully
Nov 13, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
I loved how absolutely realistic this book was - not your typical fantastical love story. Two real people, accidentally falling in love in the "real" world, and finding a way to make it work, despite their differences. I also found myself suddenly wanting to cook more . . . you'll see why (:
Jan 30, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
Sarah Friedman was a Jew from New York City who falls for Ben Lonefeather, who is a Navajo from the Southwest. They met when Sarah travels to the Southwest as a buyer of Native American art for her father's business. Her car breaks down and Ben, an artist who has coyote pups as pets, takes her in. Not to mention the distance, culturally these two didn't seem like they could be together. Can their strong connection fight through their differences?
Apr 10, 2010 Louvaine rated it really liked it
Feels like a dream on a hot Saturday night in the American Southwest. You can almost feel the shimmering heatwaves rising up from the desert. Not what I expected when I began reading, this is the story of a Jewish woman and a Native American man meeting, falling in love, and marrying. It lures you into a state somewhat between dreaming and wakefulness, or what I imagine a peyote vision must be like.
Jan 10, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites for several reasons. I love the diversity, the traveling, the split stories, the description of the cooking and of course the love story. But mostly I love this book because I found it at a dollar store randomly. I've read this book three times. I'm looking forward to reading it again.
Aug 03, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it
A beautifully written book. Explores some of the difficulties native American Indians and their partners have, beyond the usual ones all people have. A most interesting study of the coyote, and their interaction with humans. All and all an excellent read.
Feb 19, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Coyote Dream for me was one of those well written love stories that really hit the spot. I loved the two cultures mixing in together with the big happy romantic lust you get when falling in love and also the heart ache that comes with it too.
A must read for the hopeless romantic.
Really loved this book! The chemistry between Ben and Sarah was great. It really tugs at your emotions; some parts you are happy and laughing, and other parts will have you on the verge of tears. Definitely worth picking up.
Shannon Donnelly
Nov 08, 2010 Shannon Donnelly rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books -- beautifully written, the type of book you want to savor and read just a little bit every day since you don't want it to end.
May 06, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audio. It was great! Indian stuff, mystery, love story AND coyotes!
Oct 26, 2010 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Are dealer from NY falls in love with a Native American from Arizona. Current times.
Jan 23, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
Great love story. If you love the southwest, nature, and art, you'll love this book. Great correlation between different heritages as well.
Apr 09, 2013 Cristy rated it liked it
Predictable (sometimes that's what you want) but readable!
Jul 02, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the Jewish family and the Native American culture intermingled.
Jun 10, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
This book was exactly what I needed... a predictable fun read that didn't require me to think or analyze.
Jul 28, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
This book is really worth a read.
Cassie Lum
Oct 14, 2014 Cassie Lum rated it really liked it
I can't decide if this book was incredibly cheesy or an accurate portrayal of how life events actually unfold. Even though this book clearly had two main characters, the author sprinkled in stories from other characters as well. I could have done without these extras, and would have enjoyed reading more detail about the main character's feelings about the unusual situations. Overall, a fun, quick read.
Jul 23, 2009 Jill rated it liked it
For what it is, the metaphors for oppression and holocaust were really pretty interesting. Still, it's mostly a romance novel ;) The author was thinking though. There was a plot line that didn't fit well, and the book would have been stronger without it.

Not bad for randomly grabbed off the shelf though...
Aug 12, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
This book took me back to the reservation as well as NYC. I enjoyed the role that art played as well as nature. Nice characters, compelling writing, all presented in an accessible romance story that is so much more.
Laura Drake
Dec 02, 2016 Laura Drake rated it it was amazing
The best book I read that year. I don't read much romance anymore - having burned out on the tropes. But this one... It's a mix of Romance and women's fiction. Luscious. Seriously.
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