Winner of the American Book Award
Ghost Dancing is a spare, beautifully written novel-in-stories about Jimmy One Rock and his wife, Mary, as they struggle to endure their hard-won lives and the ghosts of Native American tradition that surround them. As each story begins, we find the couple at different stages of their lives, and throughout the novel we witness subtle yet crucial changes taking place on their Pacific Northwest reservation.
"Linzer delivers it straight up . . . Her prose is spare and seductive, drawing us into understanding."—Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer
"Linzer illustrates cultural pain through art and careful detail."—San Diego Union-Tribune
"[A] powerful first book . . . Linzer's prowess arises from her ability to convey the authenticity of Jimmy's economic deprivation as well as his spiritual wealth with honesty and humor."—Library Journal
"Drum tight with spare, imagistic prose, these stories are tough, touching, and humorous . . . Anna Linzer's fine stories call to mind the early works of Leslie Silko and Sherman Alexie."—Craig Lesley, author of The Sky Fisherman