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The Woman Who Owned the Shadows Paperback – May 1, 1984
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Paula Gunn Allen, Laguna Pueblo/Sioux/Scots/Lebanese poet, philosopher, scholar, and teacher, was born in Cubero, New Mexico, in 1939. She received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 1976; her dissertation evolved into a major work of cultural criticism, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Two volumes of her poetry, SKINS AND BONES and LIFE IS A FATAL DISEASE, were published by West End Press. A work of fiction, THE WOMAN WHO OWNED THE SHADOWS, was published by Aunt Lute Books. She completed the manuscript for AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL a week before her death on May 29, 2008 in Fort Bragg, California.
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While the content of the book was thought provoking and enlightening, it was difficult to follow. Even with the text being put into sections, each representing a different aspect of Ephanie, the main character's life, it was hard to follow at times. As a result, I would encourage this book to the readers who like and are capable of reading a text very closely, but not for a beach read.
Reading this text closely though, the reader is able to move with the cyclical journey of Ephanie as she escapes the shadows of her past that have left her life in chaos. Using her story as an example, this book urges the readers to step into the sunlight and out of their own shadows.