PRAISE FOR THE STORYTELLER’S BRACELET
“Smoky Zeidel … captures the syntax, symbolism, and simple beauty of the Native American expression of human experience with an artistry that makes for almost hypnotic reading.”
~Joey Madia, Literary Aficionado, in the review, “Making a Case for Myth in Modern Life”
“The Storyteller’s Bracelet takes the best of the creation stories of Native Americans and weaves them together into a tale offering a new universal truth. It is insightful and poignant…”
~Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review
“The Storyteller’s Bracelet is a transformative vision of healing through tolerance, forgiveness, and evolution.”
~Patricia Damery, Jungian analyst and author of Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation, and Snakes, a novel
“Smoky Zeidel’s latest book, The Storyteller’s Bracelet, explores an oft-forgotten historical issue—the U.S. government mandated Indian Schools of the late 1800s. A vivid account of the experiences of Native Americans Sun Song and Otter, Zeidel’s book illustrates the cultural divide of the period and renders a tender look at the outcomes assimilation policy had on the personal lives of the people involved in the venture.”
~Debra Brenegan, author, Shame the Devil
Otter and Sun Song are deeply in love, but when they are sent East to school, Otter, renamed Gideon, tries to adapt, where Sun Song does not, enduring brutal attacks from the school headmaster because of her refusal to so much as speak.
Gideon, thinking Sun Song has spurned him, turns for comfort to Wendy Thatcher, the daughter of a wealthy school patron, beginning a forbidden affair of the heart.
But the Spirits have different plans for Gideon and Sun Song. They speak to Gideon through his magical storyteller’s bracelet, showing him both his past and his future. You are both child and mother of The Original People, Sun Song is told. When it is right, you will be safe once more.
Will Gideon become Otter once again and return to Sun Song and his tribal roots, or attempt to remain with Wendy, with whom he can have no future?
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