A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: A Novel (Paperback)
Secrets, lies, and betrayal as well as deep love is at the heart of Yellow Raft in Blue water. Three generations of women, Rayona, the half black daughter of rebellious Christine and Aunt Ida the woman who raised Christine as her own, come together in kinship on a dusty Indian reservation in Montana. Each woman has a distinct section in this novel to tell her story– Rayona, 15, trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs, Christina– who fiercely loves her daughter, yet abandons her, and then there is “Aunt” Ida who raised Christine as her own, and has her own tightly held secret.— Lyn
Michael Dorris has crafted a fierce saga of three generations of Native American women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting in the present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of the three women: fifteen-year-old part-Black Rayona; her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past.
About the Author
Michael Dorris' fiction includes A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Cloud Chamber, The Crown of Columbus, coauthored with Louise Erdrich, and the story collection Working Men. Among his nonfiction works are The Broken Cord, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a collection of essays, Paper Trail.
“Earns admiration from first page to last...Suspenseful, constantly gripping, original in its characters and settings, and finally, profoundly moving.” —People
“The writing here is powerful and deeply evocative of scene and place. Michael Dorris has created a set of characters so real that they seem to acquire lives of their own, almost, off the printed page.” —Mademoiselle
“Dazzling.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Spellbinding.” —Los Angeles Times
“Memorable...Marvelous.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Vivid, intense...straight from the heart.” —Newsday (New York)