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The bird is gone : a manifesto
Jones, Stephen Graham, 1972-
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Tallahassee : FC2, [2003]

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173 pages ; 21 cm
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Imagine a world where the American government signed a conservation act to "restore all indigenous flora and fauna to the Great Plains," which means suddenly the Great Plains are Indian again. Now fast-forward fourteen years to a bowling alley deep in the Indian Territories. People that bowling alley with characters named LP Deal, Cat Stand, Mary Boy, Courtney Peltdowne, Back Iron, Denim Horse, Naitche, and give them a chance to find a treaty signed under duress by General Sherman, which effectively gives all of the Americas back to the Indians, only hide that treaty in a stolen pipe, put it in a locker, and flush the key down the toilet. Ask LP Deal and the rest what they will trade to get that key back--maybe, everything.

Author Notes

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of two novels, The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong (FC2, 2000), which won the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction and All the Beautiful Sinners (Rugged Land Press, 2003). He is thirty-one, Blackfeet, a 2002 NEA fellow, and teaches fiction writing at Texas Tech University.

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All natural and narrative laws are suspended in the hallucinatory whirl of Jones' cuttingly funny and fantastic third novel. A Blackfoot writer with a wry yet tragic, earthy yet cosmic view of Native American life who combines bizarre murder investigations with whipsaw commentary, Jones (author most recently of All the Beautiful Sinners BKL Ap 15 03) imagines the consequences of a law requiring the restoration of all indigenous flora and fauna to the Great Plains, including the establishment of an autonomous Indian Territory because Indians qualify as fauna. A bowling alley serves as a microcosm for this new New World, and its moody denizens, including manifesto-writing LP Deal; Nickel Eye, the prime suspect in a series of tourist murders; and Cat Stand, once a dairy industry poster girl, try to stay beneath the radar as undercover cops and annoying anthropologists intrude. Caustically surreal in the manner of Hunter Thompson, even William Burroughs, Jones brilliantly and audaciously critiques the ironies inherent in our frontier mythologies, racial stereotypes, and inchoate longings for justice and a meaningful life. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2003 Booklist