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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
Jan 22, 2019 | 528 Pages
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“Treuer provides a sweeping account of how the trope of the vanishing Indian has distorted our current understanding of Native peoples.  Instead of seeing Wounded Knee as the final chapter, he recovers the importance of World War II, urban migration, casinos, and the computer age in reshaping the modern Native American experience.  The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is written with conviction and illuminates the past in a deeply compelling way.” – Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

“An ambitious, gripping, and elegantly written synthesis that is much more than the sum of its excellent parts—which include a rich array of Native lives, Treuer’s own family and tribe among them–The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee brings a recognition of indigenous vitality and futurity to a century of modern Indian history.” — Philip J. Deloria, Professor of History, Harvard University

“In clear and vivid prose, David Treuer positions unforgettable portraits of contemporary Indian people within a compelling narrative of the experiences of indigenous peoples in the big sweep of time. His book offers a powerful challenge to the persistent and pernicious idea of the ‘vanishing Indian,’ replacing it with a far more accurate story of Indian people’s repossession and restoration of sovereignty and  dignity.” — Patricia Limerick, author of The Legacy of Conquest and co-founder, Center of the American West

“[Treuer’s] scholarly reportage of these 125 years of Native history…comes to vivid life for every reader.”  –Booklist (starred)

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“What does it say about our troubled times — and David Treuer’s considerable talents — that his World War II-era novel speaks to the present moment in American history with more eloquence and complexity than the nightly newscast?…Tender and devastating …[A] master class on suspense, shifting perspective and conflicting desire.” —Anthony Marra, The Washington Post

“Masterful… one of the most honest, moving novels about America in quite a while.” —Los Angeles Times

“Treuer doesn’t just unravel the plot we might expect; he prompts us to interrogate the assumptions — racial, sexual and otherwise — that build up those expectations in the first place.” —NPR

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