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The circle leads home /
by Mary Anderson Parks.
imprint
Niwot, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, c1998.
description
259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0870814885 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Niwot, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, c1998.
isbn
0870814885 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2046800
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1998-05-01:
A Native American woman goes back to her tribal home for security and solace in this enlightening first novel. When one of her sons spends the night in a crack house, two years after her husband died from an overdose, Katherine packs up Victor, 13, and Tony, 9, and leaves Seattle for "the rez." But returning to her roots also means returning to her repressed mother, from whom Katherine has been estranged since she married an African American man. And Katherine, only 32 herself, has to deal with her own sexuality, drinking, and troubled past. Her instincts are good when she finds work on the rez and brings her beloved mother-in-law for a visit; however, she slips when she carouses with handsome Mark, who has a troubled past of his own and a shady future. Ultimately, she plays a positive role in tribal politics, loosens a long-held family secret, and finds her own center. With her lucid prose, Parks creates compelling characters and provides a revealing view of contemporary Native American life.‘Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Mary Anderson Parks' debut novel, The Circle Leads Home, tells the story of Katherine, a 32-year-old American Indian whose husband died from a drug overdose two years earlier. Now she finds herself working as a legal secretary to support herself and their sons, ages 9 and 13. She invariably falls for the wrong men, but this time, when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, she feels the need to run. She takes her family to the reservation she fled some fourteen years prior, only to find that her people's traditional tribal values are being challenged by the money-making lure of selling off old-growth timber and operating casinos. The Circle Leads Home is the third title in the Colorado University Press' Women West series. The series includes both fiction and non-fiction titles dedicated to the exciting contributions of women in the American West.
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Mary Anderson Parks' debut novel, The Circle Leads Home, tells the story of Katherine, a 32-year-old American Indian whose husband died from a drug overdose two years earlier. Now she finds herself working as a legal secretary to support herself and their sons, ages 9 and 13. She invariably falls for the wrong men but this time, when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, she feels the need to run. She takes her family to the reservation she fled some fourteen years prior, only to find that her people's traditional tribal values are being challenged by the moneymaking lure of selling off old-growth timber and operating casinos.Environmental and social concerns thrust Katherine into the heart of reservation politics and force her to make choices. What she must face and overcome are not only the barriers raised by some segments of society against Indians but also serious emotional blocks of her own making.As Katherine explores and rediscovers her own sense of self, she cements new alliances and comes to realize -- and accept -- that she is home.

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