Coyote Dream
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Coyote Dream

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  18 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
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...more
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 (:
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon Donnelly
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.
Great love story. If you love the southwest, nature, and art, you'll love this book. Great correlation between different heritages as well.
This book was exactly what I needed... a predictable fun read that didn't require me to think or analyze.
I listened to this on audio. It was great! Indian stuff, mystery, love story AND coyotes!
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the Jewish family and the Native American culture intermingled.
Are dealer from NY falls in love with a Native American from Arizona. Current times.
Predictable (sometimes that's what you want) but readable!
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