"The Death of Bernadette Lefthand should rank among the classics of American fiction." —Tony Hillerman
"In 100 years, someone will open The Death of Bernadette Lefthand and still be consumed by the wisdom, the different cultural beliefs between tribes, and struck that love and jealousy are the poles from which evil comes. In my top five favorite reads." —Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Blue Rodeo, The Wilder Sister, and Solomon's Oak
"Querry conjures up a fascinating mix of cultures and values, and, best of all, a gripping story." —Hungry Mind Review
Ron Querry's debut novel, originally published in 1993 by Red Crane, is a foundational novel in contemporary Native American writing. Querry uses the alternating viewpoints of Gracie, Bernadette's younger sister, and Starr Stubbs, the wealthy New Yorker who lives just outside of Dulce, New Mexico-to detail the tragic end of Bernadette's life. The conflicting accounts create a compelling novel about heritage, family, and the dark magic of the twisted soul.
This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Ron Querry's debut novel features a new afterword in which the author offers insight into the writing of this American classic.
Ron Querry is an internationally acclaimed, American author and enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Querry lives in northern New Mexico with his wife, fine art photographer Elaine Querry, and their cow dogs, BeauDog and Shorty.
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" The Death of Bernadette Lefthand is an American Indian classic, a contemporary story of love and death, of history and magic, all set against the panorama of the Southwest. It is a book that deserves to be read more than once."—Thomas King, author of Green Grass, Running Water and The Inconvenient Indian
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Writing about the Southwest Indian Americans, the book is written with depth and power. Tony Hillerman heralded Querry's book as "the best novel of its type since Silko's Ceremony. It's a beautiful, moving book."
The voice of the narrator was too ingenuous (Gracie is 16) and it is easy to tell this is not the natural voice of the author--nor would it be natural for any person. She describes everything, including things that would be so ordinary they would be an accepted background by the character (e.g. "she opened the torn screen door"--if Querry wants to impress us with the poverty, he should use descriptive statements not narrated by the characters). Similarly, too often this narrative strays into explanations of Indian culture, powwows or rodeos.The sections about Rounder and Starr Stubbs are irrelevant to the tale, and don't even add to our understanding of events, except for brief sections where Starr describes some interaction between Bernadette and her husband, or lets us see how placid and good Bernadette was.This is not "a riveting tale of...the dark magic of the twisted soul", as the cover promo avers, but a flat recitation, step by step, of a woman's murder by a mentally sick acquaintance.
For reasons I cannot fathom, the publisher describes this novel as 'illustrated.' It is not. But it's a very fine book, nonetheless, and you owe it to yourself to read it.