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A Cottonwood Stand: A Novel of Nebraska

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Nebraska: not just a place on a map. It has a heart and it has a voice. It has a Then. It has a Now. Several centuries ago, a young Sioux woman called Lark rebels against her people's traditions and crosses the plains to save her adopted sister from a bad marriage proposal and return the girl to the Pawnee village from which she was abducted in childhood. At the end of her ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by Sunstone Press
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Chuck Redman Hi, Nancy. How terrific to hear from you. I was just in Nebraska for a few days, for book events at the State Fair and Book Festival.
I've become a…more
Hi, Nancy. How terrific to hear from you. I was just in Nebraska for a few days, for book events at the State Fair and Book Festival.
I've become a tree lover, and I always thought the cottonwood was the prettiest. I wanted to write about how much we have lost already by destroying our Native American culture, and how much we seem to be losing by letting our small towns and environment be spoiled by big agribusiness and other changes.
Thanks so much for your beautiful review of the book. That means so much to me. I hope we can get in touch further and catch up on all the years that have flown by.
Thanks, Nancy! Chuck(less)

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Sarah Berry
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Past and present intertwined

Two stories intertwined, past and present, author Chuck Redman takes us on an adventure set in Nebraska. From the very beginning, as we learn how the cottonwood trees came to be, to now when their existences is being threatened, the story is narrated by a man who is from the little Nebraska town of Cottonwood. His colloquial, Nebraskan slang takes some getting used to, but once you get the rhythm down, you can immerse yourself in the details of the story and it's almo
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Susan Bissell
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that takes place Then and Now. It has a man who is from this town narrate the story who has a very home-spun folksy way of speaking. I found it fun and interesting the way he explains things that are happening in this small town where the story centers on a stand of Cottonwood trees that have been around for hundreds of years. The Now is about a meatpacking plant was to cut down the trees and put the plant there. So what should come first for a small town; a meatpacking plant tha ...more
Curtis
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chuck Redman provides a brilliant juxtaposition of Nebraska past and present in this entertaining and educational tour de force.

There are two stories here. In one, a young Native American (Oglala Sioux) woman named “Lark Laying Eggs” (from an epoch well before industrialization and gentrification) goes on a daring adventure involving travel and another tribe to prevent an arranged marriage. She is determined and passionate in her cause.

As is one of her modern day counterparts in the parallel s
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Daniel Casey
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lovers of regional fiction, local color, will find Redman’s A Cottonwood Stand a wonderful addition to their library. However, Redman has also quietly written a superb literary novella, one that will challenge and reward fiction lovers across genres. There is perhaps a beautiful balance to a story beginning with sincere comedy “For the life of me, I cannot decide whether ambivalence is a good thing or a bad thing” and concluding with
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Nancy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having known Chuck since kindergarten or first grade, I was somewhat surprised at this book because it never struck me that someone who is as intelligent as he is could also be so "folksy" in his writing. I read this on my I-Pad and if you use an e-reader you will likely find the switches from the Native American story to the modern day one surprising because of how the typesetting was done for the electronic version. Good story but I'm still guessing as to the narrator....and I'm not going to t ...more
Liz
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot going on in this short book. There are two juxtaposed stories happening centuries apart centering on defiant, strong women who want to 'right the wrongs'. The narrator is a charming old fellow (I won't identify him but he is the heart of these stories) that captured me along with many of the other charming characters encountered along the way. The dialogue is sharp and catchy. There is humor, pathos, social commentary and innate human nature that make this an enthusiastic recommen ...more
Ruta Sevo
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The narrator in A Cottonwood Stand is easy-going, matter-of-fact, and colorful, which means even difficult things come across as, “don’t take it too seriously.” The author uses mild colloquial speech (“that’s the way it’s sittin,” “anyhoo”) which grows comfortable and adds to the charm. There are two stories told nearly simultaneously, which also works, surprisingly. Many characters in the contemporary story are fun and you get to know the small town of Cottonwood. Satire comes in driblets, as i ...more
Carol
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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I really wanted to like this book. I have been through Nebraska but have never stopped there. I took the route that follows the Platte River. I took notes because I like to keep the characters and the time lines straight.

I did find quirky characters and humor in the story. I just wish that the story had been easier to follow. I did like the arguments against having a meat packing company take over the protected site in the town' s charter. I could add my own personal arguments against it.

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Rachel
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"A Cottonwood Stand: A Novel of Nebraska" is comprised of two interconnecting stories between two young women. The book starts out with the story set in present-day 2010 in Cottonwood, Nebraska. The main character, Janet, along with Tanya, a minor character who has a connection to the past, must work to save the old Cottonwood tree from being torn down and risk losing its historical value. The other storyline also takes place in Nebraska, and is about a young Sioux woman by the name of Lark, who ...more
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Chuck Redman was born and raised in central Nebraska, and the place still gives him chills even though its most scenic backdrops are less dramatic than the goosebumps on his arm. But life lured him beyond the borders of Nebraska. Following undergraduate study at the University of Michigan and law school at New York University, he practiced criminal and immigration law in Los Angeles for forty year ...more