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Books for August

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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
by Michael Dorris

Sunday, Aug. 23 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

Although Michael Dorris was born in Louisville, he spent summers with his late father's relatives in Washington and Montana. Years later, these states became the setting for this emotionally powerful 1987 novel.

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water revolves around a long-kept family secret that reverberates through multiple generations. The story is told by three different women: 15-year-old Rayona; her dysfunctional mother, Christine; and the family matriarch, the dour and foreboding Aunt Ida.

The novel begins as Rayona describes her troubled relationship with her mother, who takes her from their Washington home to the Montana Indian reservation where Aunt Ida lives, only to abandon her there. Next up is Christine, followed by Aunt Ida herself. With each successive narrator, the novel travels further into the past, as the misunderstandings and conflicts that underlie the women's relationships are gradually revealed.

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