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Sisters of the Dream Hardcover – July, 1989

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A woman's right to sovereignty over her destiny and possessions, the difficulty of finding a compatible mate, wife-battering, the ravages of senility and Arizona's pristine beauty are among the topics in this lengthy, disjointed narrative which nevertheless contains some sensuous imagery and well-crafted prose. Liz Morrigan marries twice, has three children, and barely survives an unsuccessful love affair. With only memories and two cats for company, middle-aged Liz settles down in a remote area of Arizona to brood about her lost lover and contemplate her mistakes. Her solitude is short-lived, however, for new friends quickly populate her life: the abused ex-wife of a man who wants custody of their child; an elderly woman institutionalized by her mercenary relatives so they can plunder and sell her valuable Native-American artifacts; the invalid's Hopi nurse, a stressed, embittered woman with a drug-addicted husband. Frequently interrupting the story are Liz's dreams about Talasi, a Hopi girl living in primitive times who becomes Liz's "pathstone" because she bravely confronts adversity. Overburdened with Hopi, Navajo and Meso-American lore, these depressive dream sequences exacerbate the ambitious tale's lack of focus. Sojourner, however, effectively communicates the unquenchable strength of her beleaguered heroines.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Northland Pub; 1st edition (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873584864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873584869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the book Sisters of the Dream, actually, through a dream! In my dream I attended a reading circle which was studying a book entitled "The Sojourner." The next day I searched Amazon.com. to see if such a book existed. Ms. Sojourner's name came up on the search results as an author. I decided to find out what she had written and Sisters of the Dream called to me. Unfortunately, it was out of print, but I found a copy in my local library.
Well, what can I say? Very nice! I've never read a book quite like it. The protagonist, Liz, a contemporary uprooted woman, sees some photographs of the Anasazi ruins in Arizona. Something in the pictures calls to her - the buildings, a certain quality of light - and she travels west and settles in a small mountain town near the ruins. There, she meets Deena, a divorced mother struggling with the hassles and grief of joint custody, Hatt, an old, proud widow of a trading post owner, and Rose, a modern Hopi woman caught between her traditional culture and that of White America. Their lives progress; they form friendships, help each other with problems, and share joys. And all the while Liz is dreaming the life of Talasi, a 12th century Hopi woman. The "work" Liz has come west to do is somehow connected with Talasi and each dream she has adds another thread to this tapestry. Eventually, we find out there's more to it than dreams....
The characters are perfectly described. On the surface, I had little in common with any of them - I've never been a "hippie princess" or trading post owner, for example - yet, at the same time, I related to them completely. Through the book's characters, Ms. Sojourner must have touched some kind of universal chord deep inside me. There are things all women have in common, just by being women.
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