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Winterkill Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty His father Red Shirt is dead his wife Loxie has left him and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging But when Loxie dies in

  • Title: Winterkill
  • Author: Craig Lesley
  • ISBN: 9780312152444
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Danny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty His father, Red Shirt, is dead, his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging But when Loxie dies in a car wreck, leaving him with his son, Jack, whom he hardly knows, Danny uses the magnificent stories of Red Shirt to guide him toward true fatherhood Together, Danny and JDanny Kachiah is a Native American fighting not to become a casualty His father, Red Shirt, is dead, his wife, Loxie, has left him, and his career as a rodeo cowboy is flagging But when Loxie dies in a car wreck, leaving him with his son, Jack, whom he hardly knows, Danny uses the magnificent stories of Red Shirt to guide him toward true fatherhood Together, Danny and Jack begin to make a life from the dreams of yesterday and the ruins of today s northwestern reservations.

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    1. A beautiful father - son bonding story which takes place on the Indian reservations of Eastern Oregon. Gorgeous writing and a definite must - read if you're from the region.

    2. Exceptional, gorgeous writing. Reminiscent of Ivan Doig or maybe Ernest Hemingway (although Lesley's writing is far superior to Hemingway's in terms of depicting a character's emotions and to create a connection between reader and character. An excellent portrayal of contemporary Native American life, and I found the many subtle, tacit instances of racism and the ways Danny handled them, to be but one of the novel's many highlights.

    3. The story was not intense or riveting but his writing style just kind of reached right into your mind and emotions. I cannot explain why but I could relate so strongly to some items of my personal experience that I think it allowed me to feel the same way about items that I had not experienced. I will be looking for more of his work.

    4. Magnificent, loving depiction of real people, Indians who rodeo, hunt, fish, honor their families, joke and tease. So genuine I sometimes felt like a voyeur. The depiction of the end of the Celillo Falls will never cease to haunt.

    5. The two things that made it 4 instead of 5 stars for me: the dialogue felt unreal to me sometimes and I'm having a hard time personally being "amazed" by stories where women are peripheral. Not a problem with the writing, just hard to blow me away. I did love this book a lot, though, especially when I picked it back up and read it side by side with some relative crap taking place in the same vicinity: Dies the Fire.Things that ARE amazing/5-star in this book:*these things that really happened so [...]

    6. Lesley tells the story of thirtyish one-time athlete and almost rodeo star, Danny Kachiah, a Nez Perce Indian, as he reconnects with his teenage son after finding out that his ex-wife has been killed in a car accident. Danny follows the rodeo from small town to small town in Eastern Oregon, where he encounters various friends who are frequently on the wrong side of the law and always up to something. Kachiah helps them out as far as he can while trying to stay mostly out of trouble himself. He r [...]

    7. This is the Port Townsend Community Read book for 2012. I have read Craig Lesley's memoir, Burning Fence, which is a very nice story of growing up with a difficult stepfather and a distant father in Eastern Oregon.This fiction piece is set in the same territory with great descriptions of the Celilo Falls, the Umatilla River basin, and the Willawas. This is the story of a modern native american, Danny Kachiah, recounting the lessons he learned from his father as he passes his traditional knowledg [...]

    8. This was the first of Craig Lesley's books that I read, I'm guessing in about 1986. I've gone back a few times to refresh my memories of his writing. I love it for his descriptions of the west Idaho and east Oregon region around the Snake River. His ability to talk of the First People and their traditional beliefs and traditions and mesh that with contemporary life helped me see things about the First People I have not been able to understand. It helped me understand the struggle and conflict a [...]

    9. Started out really disliking this book--too much "man" appeal, not a single woman character of depth or complexity--but somewhere about 1/3 of the way in it turned a corner for me. I came to appreciate the author's understated style of writing--a lot. Event driven, but not necessarily eventful. It really stands out against the overheated angst I have come to expect from "literary" novels (and my main issue with most book groups). Maybe I'm a Native American or "Rez" denizen at heart, but for a w [...]

    10. keepin' the faith. a father/son bonding book that i found very enjoyable. the outdoor life, hard scrabble existence and the worth in living off the land one way or another. the descriptions of the land, especially in winter, were vivid. and the strange shorthand that men use as communication seemed natural and descriptive given the environment of the story. i enjoyed having been some of the places described in the book so i could really picture the place so important to this book. honoring a way [...]

    11. I wouldn't have ordinarily picked this up, but a neighbor recommended it and lent it to me as one of her favorite authors. It took me a little bit to get into it, but in the end I enjoyed it and really connected with the characters. It's about a Nez Perce man and the relationship with his son (and memories of his father) - I'm not sure of the time period, but I suspect the 1990's - I think it's a fairly realistic picture of native americans struggling to maintain their culture in the light of ou [...]

    12. This book was a raw story of American Indian reservation life, and of the bond between a Father and his Son, after the death of Mom. Tells of the risks and the challenges Natives endure and seldom share with others. Mother Nature plays a huge part in this story as well, and the writer has a sure solid talent of weaving the language to one's liking. There is a whole world of rodeo in this tale that was eye opening to me! Enjoy this one! It stays with ya!

    13. Craig Lesley's writing is fabulous, his characters are memorable. The descriptions of the Northwest are right on. this goes with his other book River Song, but read this one first. Brings you into the heart/mind of the modern day native american and the descriptions of fire fighting, elk hunting, rodeo and the native american experience are enthralling, even if you think you have no interest in these subjects. Highly recommend these and other of Lesley's work.

    14. This was one of the best books I ever read in my LIFE. And it was a book I picked out for my grandfather (who literally read EVERYTHING) because I knew he'd love it.It's been a long time since I last read it; I don't own a copy, but I plan on remedying that soon.This isn't much of a review, but my memories of this book are thick and vivid; patches of conversation and glimpses of pictures and names.

    15. I read River Song first which is probably backwards, but was so enamored by the story of Danny Kachiah that I immediately chose this book to read next. I hope there are more! It brings alive the tragic lives on reservations, in contrast to the traditional ways of living. Danny tries to teach his son Jack, as Danny was taught by his father Red Shirt, the traditions of the Nez Perce Indians before they are forgotten and lost.

    16. Took awhile for me to get into this book - almost halfway through - beyond the manliness. However, it is a poignant story on a number of levels and I did enjoy the second half. The geographic location of Eastern Oregon, especially Imnaha and the Wallowas was so familiar that I want to go camping there again this summer. Still this is a community read so it will be interesting to hear opinions from the entire community on this book.

    17. It's been several years since I read this, but what stands out today is Lesley's vivid and touching descriptions. Not just of the northern Oregon scenery, but the nuance in his characters' relationships. My own alcoholic father died of a massive coronary, but he could just as easily have died by freezing while passed out in his truck, as the protagonist's father did here. Simultaneously gritty and lyrical -- no mean feat, BTW.

    18. Would have given this book 4 or 5 stars if not for the author's slightly missing the mark with his charactersdialogue is a little unbelievable. As a native of the rural Umatilla county setting of this book, I recognize quite a few inaccuracies in geography and events. Oh well, it is fiction after all.

    19. An introduction to Nez Perce Indians for me. The book is fantastic. I was transported to Pendleton and Oregon for the time I read the book. These two days, I have been living in the world of Danny Kachiah and Red Shirt, Billy Que, Jack and Henry. I am very happy to have discovered another author whose books I enjoy.

    20. Winterkill is an impressive debut novel. What I enjoyed most about the book was Lesley's use of the Nez Perce history and the way in which the land plays such a prominent role in the narrative. Many times, especially with the son Jack, the dialogue read a bit cheesy and superficial. Overall this is a tightly constructed story and I will definitely be reading more of Lesley's work.

    21. This was a community read here in Port Townsend in the past 6 months. I read it after that, though. While I thought the story was good, the writing seemed to be just mediocre - the author used lots of old cliches. The characters seemed pretty real but the writing didn't make me ooh and aah. I wouldn't call it literature but others might.

    22. Family relationships are very complicated, we don't choose our family. The friends in our life have similar interest, family members may not and we resist working at the relationship. Past hurts can cause us to shut out family. After reading Craig Lesley's books I wonder; at what cost we exclude family?

    23. Good. But not as good as Sky Fisherman. Many of the potential storylines fell flat and his depiction of complicated, alcoholic Indians seemed to be an easy choice. Lesley still built these beautiful characters who are deeply entrenched in the beautiful place of the Oregon Wallowas, but this early work is not as well crafted as his later novels.

    24. I read this in high school (of my own free will--not as an assignment). It blew my mind. Winterkill went so much farther and deeper than the few native stories I had been told before. Plus, I read the novel when I had recently moved to Oregon, so the characters and places had the kind of potency that comes with a fresh experience.

    25. A very thoughtfully written story about a family of Nez Perce Indians and their use of the past to strengthen their lives in the present. The main character Danny is a rodeo cowboy in Pendleton, Oregon so there is also some fun, seemingly realistic description of the rodeo world.

    26. Familiar Native American literary motifs, my college professor would say: gambling, drinking, nature, magic, healing--with more than a few fights thrown in. This is one of those stories I enjoy reading yet can scarcely imagine living. Reading from the stacks--not sure who gave this to me.

    27. Nez Perce Danny Kachiah is down-and-out after bad luck at the roundup. Eventually hooks up with his estranged son and takes him elk hunting in the Wallowas. Old stories are told, and the landscape is described vividly.

    28. Craig Lesley came as recommended fiction from several folks who have live(d) near the Nez Perce reservation in the Northwest. Lesley succeeds at writing a good, but not great, novel that successfully marries the personal and the universal.

    29. Nez Perce tribal members family story and Pendleton and Wallowa area subject. Really nice descriptive writing and a moving story of father and son bonding. Not recommended if fishing and details of deer and elk hunting and dressing out a carcass bothers you.

    30. I was stoked when I heard that he had came out with a new book. I enjoyed this as much as the others. The only thing more intriguing than the stories is the author. I am glad to have been able to meet him and learn some of his craft from him.

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