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The Night Birds

The Night Birds
Maltman, Thomas
Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Publish date: 2007-08-01
$24.00
1569474621
Hardcover
Out of Print

Synopsis:

The summer of 1876 feels like the end of the world to fourteen-year-old Asa SengerLocusts plague the prairie farms; his family is about to lose everythingThe Dakota Indians have been banished from Minnesota, yet an aged Indian appearsAsa's father, the sheriff, jails him, counting on a bounty payment, but Asa is somehow compelled to free the old man, and must bear this guiltThe James-Younger gang, preparing to rob Northfield, stops at their farmhouseWhat has propelled them into his life? In this time of fear, another mysterious visitor appears, an aunt who has been confined to an asylum for yearsAsa's mother wants nothing to do with her; his father welcomes herAnd Asa learns that his identity is bound up in a lost history, The Great Sioux Uprising, which everyone else wants to forgetPrefigured by the twin ravens Hunin and Munin-Memory and Understanding-from his dead grandfather's treasured Grimm's fairy tales, Asa learns that the past is as close as his own heartbeatWithout understanding that past he can neither know who he is, nor who he may become.

Review:

Thomas Maltman gives us a lucid account of life during the settling of Missouri and Minnesota in the late 19th century with The Night Birds (Soho Press)This first novel creates a vivid cast of characters in a fully realized environment.

   
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