Crooked Hallelujah

Crooked Hallelujah

Book - 2020
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"[This book] tells the stories of Justine--a mixed-blood Cherokee woman--and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma's Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. However, life in Texas isn't easy, and Reney feels unmoored from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of the Red River, we see their struggle to survive in a world--of unreliable men and near-Biblical natural forces like wildfires and tornadoes--intent on stripping away their connections to one another and their very ideas of home. In lush and empathic prose, Kelli Jo Ford depicts what this family of proud, stubborn women sacrifice for those they love, amid larger forces of history, religion, class, and culture. This is a big-hearted and ambitious novel-in-stories of the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters by an exquisite and rare new talent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2020]
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition., First edition.
ISBN: 9780802149121
9780802149145
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 22 cm

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The bonds of mothers and daughters across four generations of Cherokee women are put to the test in this lyrical debut that focuses on Justine, who becomes pregnant at age 15 and flees her religiously conservative family, determined to break a cycle of abandonment and neglect as she raises daught... Read More »


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