- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595405436
- ISBN-13: 978-0595405435
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,508,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Running from Coyote: A White Family among the Navajo 0th Edition
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About the Author
Born in Uvalde, Texas in 1951 the author now lives in San Diego, California. Running from Coyote: A White Family among the Navajo started as a personal journal for her two children but rapidly transformed into a story of childhood loss, racial bigotry, and a struggle between two cultures.
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This story reminds me of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls who also had to grow up, as many kids do, with parents that only passed as adults because they looked grownup. Eunice Boeve author of Ride a Shadowed Trail
Gary M Tsosie
The story is told through the voice of the middle child, Danalee, seven at the beginning. She is a sad little girl, not unlike the Dorothy character in Wizard of Oz. Her sadness stems from conflict within her family. Her parents are at odds and her father is in conflict with her grandfather. The grandfather Skeet genuinely adores his granddaughter but is filled with a racial scorn typical for the time.
The five girls make their adjustment to life on the reservation with a robust exchange of sibling rivalry. The two older sisters, Marilyn and Joellen are maturing physically and developing an interest in boys. This begins the sister culture of keeping secrets from dad.
The family's frail cohesion fractures when the grandmother Doris dies at an early age and Jo decides to adopt two Navajo boys, Michael and Danny. Skeet is withdrawn mourning his wife and deeply resents sharing their common home with Michael and Danny.
The family trips to Texas are unbelievable! Three adults, seven children, a dog and all the luggage in a station wagon. Poor Marilyn is stuck in middle front seat between two smoking men. What awaits the family is Texas visiting relatives is painful to read. There is also a trip to the dentist which will shock you thinking how the outcome could have been horrific.
The story progresses well and is a page turner not leaving the reader with a pause. The writing is from the memory of a child but there's a therapeutic truthfulness in the telling. You become engaged with the people and wonder what happened to the girls and the two adopted boys after they leave the reservation. This is a tender story indicative of the times and setting giving the reader pause for thought and discussion upon completion.
It is an insightful story and a good read.