In The Reason for Crows, award-winning author Diane Glancy continues her project begun in Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears and Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea. Imagining the interior voice of Kateri Tekakwitha, Glancy relays the story ofÂ theÂ young, seventeenth-century Mohawk woman whoÂ would later becomeÂ known as the âLily of the Mohawks.â Left frail, badly scarred, and nearly blind from a smallpox epidemic that killed her parents, Kateri neverthelessÂ takes part in the daily activities of her villageâgathering firewood, preparing meals, weaving, and treating the wounded after skirmishes with the French and enemy tribes. When the Jesuits arrive in her village, she receives their message and converts to Christianity. In this imaginative and poetic retelling, Kateriâs interior voice is intertwined with the interior voices of the Jesuit missionariesâthe crowsâwho endured their own hardships crossing the ocean and establishing missions in an unfamiliar land. Together, they tell a story of spiritual awakening and the internal conflicts that arise when cultures meet.
ââ¦Glancy does a remarkable job of capturing the voice and thoughts of a girl who has been dead for more than three hundred years and who lived in a time and culture that no longer exist.â â Magillâs Literary Annual 2010
âIn rich and moving images, Glancy creates a girl of questions, confusion, and penance.â â World Literature Today
âThe Reason for Crows, though short, is a complex and deceptively heavy novel. Glancy uses striking imagery in overlapping and contradicting ways to ask engaging and still-relevant questions of her reader. No two people who have witnessed the same event will tell the exact same story, and Glancy handles the different perspectives, tones, and experiences of each narrator very carefully, constructing a version of history that is believable and intelligent.â â Rain Taxi
ââ¦a lancingly beautiful journey into pain and spirit.â â Booklist
âDiane Glancy is a storier of native remembrance at the verge of history. The Reason for Crows is an inspired first-person memoir of Kateri Tekakwitha, the daughter of a Christian mother and a Mohawk Chief. Kateri was touched by the Jesuits and âset apart by God.â Pockmarked by smallpox and orphaned as a child in the late seventeenth century, she comes alive in the emotive voice of an eminent literary artist, a particular union of native spirits and God.â â Gerald Vizenor, author of Father Meme
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