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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“Marvelous . . . This subtle and deceptively simple tale is an elegiac and beautiful tragicomedy about a single summer, two towns, and three Indian kids. . . . Beneath the coming-of-age story of two boys and their daily struggle lies the more complicated and ancient story of a haunted suffering land and its indigenous people. . . . Thomas King has quietly and gorgeously done it again.”—Newsday
Truth and Bright Water
By Thomas King
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3840-8 • $16.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2001
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Thomas King’s novels Medicine River and Green Grass, Running Water have introduced readers across North America to the touching, delightful world of an extraordinarily fine storyteller. His new novel is a warm and magical story set in Truth and Bright Water, sister towns separated by a river that runs between Montana and an Alberta Indian reservation. Together they form an unusual and special community. There’s a diner with the same special every day, and characters like Lucy Rabbit, who believes Marilyn Monroe was Indian and will not give up on becoming a platinum blonde.

This summer for Tecumseh and Lum, two young Native men coming of age, it will be a summer of mysteries and returns. It opens with a distraught woman throwing things into the river out of a suitcase—then jumping in after. Tecumseh and Lum go to help, but she and her truck have disappeared. On the bluff overlooking the river, Tecumseh’s dog discovers a child’s skull. Other mysteries also puzzle Tecumseh—if his mom will take his dad back; if his rolling-stone Aunt Cassie is home to stay this time, and why she’s brought a suitcase full of baby clothes; why no one protects Lum from his father’s rages.

Then Tecumseh gets a job helping an artist—Monroe Swimmer, Bright Water’s most famous son, returned home and living in a vacant church—with the project of a lifetime. As the tourists—buckskin-clad Germans, drunk Americans, and a ghostly little Cherokee girl from Georgia—begin to arrive for the annual Indian Days festival, the secrets of Truth and Bright Water come together in a climax of tragedy, reconciliation, and love. Plainspoken and poetic, comic and poignant, Truth and Bright Water is a vivid portrait of a community, and a wonderful and deeply resonant novel.

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