A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Michael Dorris has crafted a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting in the present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of the three women: fifteen-year-old... show more
Michael Dorris has crafted a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting in the present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of the three women: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona; her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past.
Publish date: March 5th 2003
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, High School
Next time I’m tempted to wax poetic about how great fiction editing used to be, or to worry that a poorly conceived new release is evidence of the profession’s demise, I’ll remind myself of this book. This distinctively 80s mess of unrealized potential and terrible editing choices. This is a family ...
Good ol book I've been reading in English class. It's a bit depressing but the author is an extremely descriptive and talented writer. The way he writes the book, his style, is unique and entruging.
If I were ever asked what my favorite book is, my answer would be "A Yellow Raft In Blue Water." I read this book as a child in high school and I can still remember the impact this book had on me many years later. A beautiful book about the relationships people can have with family and with compl...
I found it interesting, well written, and very disturbing. Any story that offers so little protection to children (something that makes me very upset) is not going to be something that leaves me feeling happy.
I read this as an unabridged audiobook. For some reason I thought it was a young adult novel but then again I'm easily confused. It does feature an adolescent so maybe that's where the confusion began. It's a good thing this was an audio because if I were reading it in its paperback format I probab...