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The Mask Maker (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series, V. 42)

Artist - Author: 
Diane Glancy

In this experiment by prolific poet, short story writer, and novelist Glancy, prose takes on some of the aspects of poetry. Using the traditional form of the novel, Glancy tells the story of Edith Lewis, a divorced mother and mixed-blood Native American who uses the traditional art form of the mask both to hide her feelings and to come to grips with them. Off to the side of nearly half the pages, Glancy quotes poetry and the Bible or offers Edith's internal dialog and reminiscences. Given the page layout, the reader is never quite sure when to read these passages, and each reader will experience them quite differently. This technique may annoy some readers, but far from being disruptive, it is truly dynamic, revealing inner action simultaneously with outer action. This is a short novel, easily read, but its themes of community and alienation, hiding and revealing, leave the reader with much to ponder. Recommended for all literature collections, especially those emphasizing Native American literature and women's studies. From Library Journal - Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati State Technical & Community Coll., OH
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literature / fiction
Native American