It should be pointed out upfront that this novel set on the Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation about Native Americans is written by a non-native woman. There is vigorous & passionate debate about the appropriateness of a white person creating characters from another culture and whether doing so is an arrogant act of cultural appropriation or if such fiction can be done with an empathy that connects and bridges humans from different cultures. How the reader feels about this issue will greatly impact how they view this book.
Apart from that issue, this short novel is a strange, touching, funny, and tragic tale told in sparse and provocative prose. It is written in a nontraditional manner using very short segments told from various perspectives and moving through time in a cyclical manner. The result is an intriguing and haunting story.