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ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Winner
Finalist for Foreword’s 2011 Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction

"[Nahoonkara]…incorporates elements of historical fiction with experimental fiction, but nothing that pulls the reader out of the fictional dream."
—Robin Martin,Gently Read Literature

"Departing from traditional narrative form, Grandbois moves masterfully bet
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Etruscan Press (first published November 1st 2010)
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Mar 03, 2011 Alta added it
If I tried to summarize nahoonkara, I’d probably come up with something like this: a story told in the voices of several members of the Gerrull family, moving back and forth between mid-nineteenth-century Wisconsin and a mining town in late nineteenth-century Colorado. It would be a summary that wouldn’t necessarily inspire me to pick up this novel and read it, which goes to show that summaries don’t tell you anything about a book.

Even more than the (his)story of a family in a particular space a
Feb 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting on a flight from Colorado to New York. It was chosen by my son merely because the author's last name matched his own. What a stroke of luck was that choice. Among the most insightful and heartfelt historical, magical fiction of Colorado I could hope to read. It was a shock to come to the end of this masterpiece and find myself flying over New York.
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Mar 15, 2011 Robin Martin rated it it was amazing
" I have heard that when some people murmur through the dark grammar of their lives, they actually believe they understand. " ~Peter Grandbois Nahoonkara, 32

This book, which takes place in a small American mountain mining town in the 19th century, incorporates elements of historical fiction with experimental fiction, but nothing that pulls the reader out of the fictional dream. The characters, who tell their own stories for the most part, are distinct and complex. The conflict runs throughout,
Aug 26, 2013 Bay rated it liked it
This novel follows different characters and their lives in an old mining community. I have to say, the timing of reading this book couldn't have been more perfect - I recently moved to a small town in Nevada that was founded upon copper mines. The historical aspects of the book was what I loved. I loved reading the depictions of life back then. There's nothing like a fictional novel that, better than any history book could, seems to paint such a brilliant picture of what it might have been like ...more
May 21, 2011 Myfanwy rated it it was amazing
Told from many different points of view Peter Grandbois’s stunning new novel Nahoonkara is the story of brothers and husbands and wives and children and women and men and mothers all striving to find a place for themselves in a world which is sometimes puzzling to them. On the surface, the story takes place mainly in Wisconsin and a mining town in Colorado, but beneath the surface and above the surface, there is the other narrative that is a thread that is everlasting.

Basically, the story begins
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Sep 17, 2014 E.S. Wynn rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written book that is part historical fiction, part literary western. Grandbois's language is powerful and poetic, and the format of the tale creates a very dreamlike experience that is both artistic and enjoyable. Another fantastic book from a fantastic author.
Nov 18, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
It jumps around a lot and it doesn't seem to have a real plot. However, each voice is well written and distinct and I still enjoyed reading it.
Feb 16, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok
A few different voices squabble over how rough it is to be a family and no one quite gets it.
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May 22, 2011 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it
finally came in the mail on the tail of the tropical storm here, funny that.
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Peter Grandbois is the author of seven books, including: The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program, The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in Foreword magazine's Book of the Year Awards for 2011, a collection of su ...more
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