From the Hilltop
From the Hilltop

From the Hilltop

by Toni Jensen

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For the characters we meet in Toni Jensen’s stories, the past is very much the present. Theirs are American Indian lives off the reservation, lives lived beyond the usual boundaries set for American Indian characters: migratory, often overlooked, yet carrying tradition with them into a future of difference and possibility.
Drawing on American Indian oral traditions and her own Métis upbringing, Jensen tells stories that mix many lives and voices to offer fleeting perspectives on a world that reconfigures the tragedy and disconnection often found in narratives of American Indian life. A brother falls off the roof of an abandoned hotel, a young bride tries to connect with a family she’s never met, and an adopted teenage girl seeks acceptance where she is viewed as an outsider. The reader also encounters a kidnapped nephew, strangers in a hotel, and even a stray dog: these are the souls that populate Jensen’s stories, finding tentative connections with the past, the future, one another, and finally us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803228344
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Native Storiers Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
File size: 255 KB

About the Author

Toni Jensen is an assistant professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and have been reprinted in volumes such as New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2007 and Best Stories from the Southwest.

Table of Contents

1. Chiromancer

2. Butter

3. Learning How to Drown

4. Still

5. At the Powwow Hotel

6. From the Hilltop

7. Conjunctions

8. Killing Elvis

9. Sight and Other Hazards

10. Flight

11. Looking for Boll Weevil

12. Song or Something Like It

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