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November 2005
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
by Michael Dorris

From the back cover of the 2003 trade paperback edition (Picador):

“Powerful and deeply evocative ... Michael Dorris has created a set of characters so real that they seem to acquire lives of their own.”
—Mademoiselle

“Dazzling.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Spellbinding.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Memorable ... marvelous.”
—The Washington Post Book World

“Vivid, intense ... straight from the heart.”
—Newsday

Michael Dorris’s contemporary classic novel is 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 back in time, the novel is told in the voices of three women: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona, searching for a way to find herself; 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—and their future.


Michael Dorris’s adult fiction includes The Cloud Chamber and Working Men. Among his nonfiction works are Paper Trail and The Broken Cord, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.



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