James Welch never shied away from depicting the lives of Native Americans damned by destiny and temperament to the margins of society. The Death of Jim Loney is no exception. Jim Loney is a mixed-blood, of white and Indian parentage. Estranged from both communities, he lives a solitary, brooding existence in a small Montana town. His nights are filled with disturbing dreams that haunt his waking hours. Rhea, his lover, cannot console him; Kate, his sister, cannot penetrate his world. In sparse, moving prose, Welch has crafted a riveting tale of disenfranchisement and self-destruction.
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“An undying story told with the austerity of Camus’s The Stranger, of a wounded soul seeking to become whole.” -Ivan Doig
“The Death of Jim Loney is an American classic.” -William Kittredge
About James Welch
James Welch is the author of four previous novels, including Fools Crow, which won the American Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He attended schools on the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap reservations and studied writing under the… More about James Welch
Published by Penguin Classics Jul 29, 2008| 176 Pages| 5-1/16 x 7-3/4| ISBN 9780143105183