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Red Earth, White Earth Paperback – November 15, 2006

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YA Unresolved relationships with his family and friends and a heritage of farming come into focus when Guy Pehrsson, a California computer entrepreneur, returns to Minnesota 12 years after he ran away at age 18. His childhood ``blood brother,'' Tom Little Wolf, a Chippewa Indian, is now a tribal lawyer intent on reclaiming farmlands mishandled in past treaties, lands which include the Pehrsson's homestead. This conflict tests but never breaks the bond between the two men. Guy puts his life in perspective and sees that he and the men in his family have often used land or machines to distance themselves from people. This apocalyptic first novel is rich in the colors and characters of contemporary rural Minnesota, and spiced with Indian lore and legend. Back country road shenanigans with cars and tractors and sheriffs and Indians add a touch of Dukes of Hazzard to the story. Characters who are able to laugh at themselves also add comic relief to a sensitive and moving novel of a man's emotional growth.Keddy Outlaw, Harris County Public Library, Houston
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this sprawling first novel of whites versus Native Americans in modern-day Minnesota, Guy Pehrsson returns from California's Silicon Valley to "save" the family farm. He finds his French-Canadian mother, Madeline, living with his boyhood chum and high school basketball teammate, Chippewa activist Tom LittleWolf. Guy's modernization-crazed Norwegian father, Martin, has mortgaged the family farm to the hilt, while his thrifty, wheelchair-bound grandfather, Helmer, borders on death. Disputed land titles quickly lead to nighttime guerrilla warfare between threatened white farmers and downtrodden reservation Indians with Guy, the semi-outsider, caught in the middle. A strong and fine sense of the Upper Midwest as a distinct geographical region permeates this melodramatic epic that is scheduled to be a TV mini-series. Character development is adequate to very good. Highly recommended for public libraries. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Borealis Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873515552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873515559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For many reasons, this is the best book I've ever read. Not only does the story take me through a gamut of emotions, but I love Will Weaver's writing and descriptions. He describes everyday things in ways that sound unique and lyrical. I have read this book several times and enjoy it more each time. Don't miss out on this one!
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By A Customer on June 26, 2002
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This book caused me to feel the whole gammot of emotions--from excitement to disappointment to fear. It drew me in and captured my attention with its unexpected twists and turns. Unlike other books, taboo topics are essential to character development. This is an insightful look into the delicate balance of maintaining multiple relationships throughout the course of life. I couldn't ask for anything more from a book.
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Wonderful novel. Some of the descriptive language was lost on me as I did not grow up around farming and therefore am not familiar with common machinery, tools and other related things. Very important social issues. The alcoholism and racism that plague Native Americans across the nation ought not to be taken lightly as Weaver illustrates. Tactfully highlighted the tension felt by individuals conflicted between loyalty to family and moral obligations to end racism.
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By A Customer on July 14, 1998
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I am a voracious reader and in my late 20's. I have just finished Red Earth White Earth for the second time. The richness and poignancy with which the characters are developed is perfectly juxtaposed with that of Weaver's descriptions of the harsh but deeply beautiful Minnesota farmland. A magnificent story of what is natural in and around all of us.
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Without question, the very best book I ever read. You can not but it down nor can you stop thinking about it. This is a POWERFUL book. You will be moved and your foundation shaken but your life will be richer. This is a must read.
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